Former English Premier League referee Mark Halsey has dropped a hint on what outcome Rangers fans can expect to emerge from their club’s appeal of Kemar Roofe’s two-match ban.
Roofe was initially given a yellow card for a tackle on Murray Davidson during the Gers’ 1-0 win over St. Johnstone last week but he was subsequently issued a notice of complaint and handed a two-match ban for ‘serious foul play.’ Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has since confirmed that the Glasgow club is appealing this ban.
What has Halsey said about Rangers’ appeal?
However, speaking to This Is Futbol, Halsey has indicated that this appeal is unlikely to result in a positive outcome for the Gers.
The former referee said: “Obviously, in the SFA rules, they can serve notice if the referee hasn’t seen the challenge in its entirety, so I reckon Rangers are well within their right to appeal that notice. But, I think when the SFA serve a notice for a challenge of that nature, I can’t see Rangers winning an appeal, personally.”
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Transfer Tavern take
Perhaps it’s not a surprise that the Premiership leaders have decided to try and get Roofe’s ban overturned, given that it may be fair to say the Englishman has quickly become a key player at Ibrox since joining the Glasgow club last summer for £4.5m, as Roofe is currently Rangers’ second-highest goalscorer (10) in the league.
So, with Halsey claiming that Rangers are “well within their right to appeal,” their decision to do so may be understandable, especially as fellow Gers forward Alfredo Morelos is also banned at present.
However, unfortunately for Rangers, it seems from what the pundit had to say that this ban may well be an unavoidable blow for Gerrard’s side and they may have to make do without Roofe for their next two games.
In other news, this newspaper article had many Rangers fans fuming.
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