FORMER Rangers legend Ray Wilkins has hit out at Ibrox midfielder Andy Halliday for his reckless challenge in the early stages of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi final.

Wilkins recognises that Rangers aren’t anywhere near the standard of their Glasgow rivals and as such should have got into Celtic’s faces but Halliday’s lunge was unacceptable and could have seriously injured young England star Patrick Roberts.

“Well first and foremost, I felt at the weekend that the Rangers players just allowed Celtic far too much comfort with the ball,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News.

“Being a side that isn’t quite up to the standard of Celtic they have to get into the faces of the Celtic players and make a few challenges.


“They did make a couple of challenges that were a bit bang out of order early on, especially one on Patrick Roberts, but the gulf between the footballing sides, the way that they play their football was huge.

“Scott Brown in the middle of the field just run the game, didn’t break sweat.”

Ex-Scotland international striker Steven Thompson also insisted that Halliday was in the wrong insisting that the tackle was “most definitely an ordering-off”.

Scotland and Aberdeen legend Willie Miller, a summariser for the Beeb at Scottish Cup semi-final, called the challenge “vicious” whereas Michael Stewart, the former Hearts player noted Halliday was moving at an incredible speed when he hit Roberts.
Talking about the flashpoint incident, Stewart, a summarizer on the BBC said: “We actually looked at this in the graphics and he jumps into the tackle at 18-miles-per-hour.
“It was mental.”
Willie Collum issued a yellow card for the challenge so there will be no further punishment dished out by the SFA for what was probably the worst tackle of the season in Scottish football.

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