GARY HOLT revealed referee Don Robertson apologised after his failure to red card Rangers defender Filip Helander in Livingston’s 1-0 exit from the Betfred League Cup at the Tony Macaroni Arena last night.

The Livi boss insisted the match official said sorry to his players for not dismissing the Swedish central defender late in the first half with the Ibrox side leading through Glen Kamara’s deflected goal in the fourth minute.

The £3.5million summer arrival from Bologna avoided a straight red following a last-man challenge on Lyndon Dykes that saw the forward sent sprawling as he attempted to race in on Allan McGregor.

SEEING RED…Livi boss Gary Holt was fuming after Filip Helander escaped punishment after bringing down striker Lyndon Dykes.

Asked if the Steven Gerrard’s side had got away with one, Holt, speaking to the Daily Mail, replied: “Yeah. It didn’t help us, but I don’t think it cost us the game. We still created enough chances.

“You do want the fine lines and wee breaks to go your way against the bigger teams. It didn’t go our way, but it is one of those things.

“I think the referee said he had a look and said it was a red card after the game.

“He’s apologised to the players and sometimes you have to accept that he is man enough to do that. I think he said (it) to the players walking off.”

Gerrard, though, defended his player and added: “It maybe could have gone the other way. I am not a biased manager.

“It’s a 50-50 one. Some refs might think it was a coming together.”


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