MICHAEL O’HALLORAN was sent off after picking up two yellow cards within five minutes of coming on as a substitute in St Johnstone’s 3-0 loss to Rangers at McDiarmid Park last night.
The former Ibrox forward has now incurred the wrath of disappointed Perth boss Callum Davidson who was left bewildered by the actions of his player.
O’Hallloran picked up a booking for a wayward challenge on Alfredo Morelos and was in trouble again after a foul on Borna Barisic. Referee Nick Walsh had no option but to banish the Irishman.
Davidson, speaking to STV, said: “Michael has said sorry, but it has happened. I had no complaints whatsoever. Michael is an experienced player and he was already booked and I am really disappointed.
“He has to earn my trust to play again. Would you say it was over exuberance, he is nearly 30 and he knows what you need to do in the game. If you have been booked, then don’t give the referee the opportunity to give you another one.
“This isn’t the game where it costs us, it will be the next one which is important with the group of players we have.”
The Saints were floored from Kemar Roofe, Glen Kamara and Ianis Hagi as Steven Gerrard’s men maintained their 16-point advantage over Celtic who won 2-0 over Ross County at Parkhead with strikes from David Turnbull and Leigh Griffiths.