FORMER Celtic striker Chris Sutton has labelled referee Craig Thomson “a bottler” after failing to send off Harry Forrester against Dundee.
And the Hoops icon insisted it was a “shameful” act by the match official as the Ibrox side won 2-1 at Dens Park.
Sutton raged: “The ref just bottled it, it’s as simple as that. Forrester already had a yellow card when he made his second challenge and gave Craig Thomson a decision to make.
“In fact, there were three poor decisions by the ref. The second one was a yellow card after what was just a stupid foul.
“There is no argument with the third – it’s a straight red. Okay, he catches a bit of the ball, but it’s a follow-through on the Dundee player.
“Thomson bottled it and it was shameful from Craig Thomson.
“And then he booked Dundee’s Mark O’Hara near the end for a nothing challenge when he raised his left foot.
“But, in proportion, the ref choked on the day, a total bottler.”
Forrester was booked early in the second-half following a late challenge on Darren O’Dea.
Then the midfielder, who scored the Ibrox side’s first goal, made two more late tackles on Cammy Kerr and on-loan Celt Michael Duffy, but escaped a red card.
Boss Mark Warburton replaced Forrester immediately after the third incident and put on Niko Kranjcar.
The 25-year-old Englishman, signed from Doncaster in January, countered: “Momentum carried me forward and the last one in the corner is what it is.
“It’s just a commitment of mine and I’ll know when to tone it down.”
After the Hearts ‘penalty’ last week which brought them level with Celtic, this week’s honest mistake helped The Rangers maintain a slender 2-1 lead by keeping ten men on the pitch.
Let’s wait and see what honest mistake comes our way this weekend!