After three games without a victory, Rangers returned to winning ways against St Mirren on Saturday afternoon.
Steven Gerrard’s side secured a 2-0 victory at St Mirren Park thanks to late goals from Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos.
This was a much-needed result for the Gers, who were dumped out of the Betfred Cup in the semi-final stage last Sunday and then dropped points against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League three days later.
Saturday’s victory, though, lifted Rangers up to third in the league table.
However, Kilmarnock will go back into third place if they defeat Aberdeen on Sunday.
Despite the victory, there were bizarre scenes at the end of the game when Candeias was shown a red card, much to the confusion of supporters.
The second-half substitute, who was shown a yellow card in the 81st minute, was booked again in the third minute of stoppage time – shortly after Morelos’s winning goal.
Footage has now emerged showing which shows the incident in full – and Willie Collum’s decision to dismiss the Portuguese forward must go down as one of the worst – if not *the* worst – refereeing decisions of 2018.
Candeias was first given an ear full by St Mirren’s goalkeeper Craig Samson before Anton Ferdinand approached him.
The former West Ham defender can be seen on the video grabbing Candeias before giving him a sly little punch under his chin.
Collum then approaches Candeias and sends off the Rangers man.
Watch the incident here…
It’s an extraordinary and inexplicable piece of refereeing – and fans are outraged…
You might remember that Collum was the referee who Gerrard was furious with following September’s Old Firm derby.
Gerrard blamed the match official for costing his team at Celtic Park. He felt his team should have been awarded a foul against Tom Rogic for a challenge on Ryan Jack in the build-up to Celtic’s winning goal.
Gerrard’s reaction to Candeias red card
Gerrard has now watched the footage of Candeias’s red card back – and he’s understandably livid
“So Daniel gets a yellow card for that? Come on, lads. Be serious,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Record.
“The second yellow card is embarrassing. There is your evidence, that’s what you’re dealing with.”