Scott Arfield sent off for horrible lunge on goalkeeper during Hearts v Rangers

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Rangers knew that victory against Hearts on Sunday afternoon would put them top of the Scottish Premiership.

But Steven Gerrard’s side found themselves 1-0 down just before the half-hour mark thanks to Gareth McAuley’s own goal.

However, the away side were ahead at half-time at Tynecastle after, first, Connor Goldson, and then Alfredo Morelos gave them a 2-1 lead.

But, just like on Thursday night against Villarreal in the Europa League, Rangers had to get their result with just 10 men.

While Daniel Candeias’ red card on Thursday was considered harsh, there can be very little argument against Scott Arfield’s dismal against Hearts.

Anfield picked up Rangers’ seventh red card of the season after lunging in on Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal after he had made a double save.

Zlamal was holding onto the ball on the line when Arfield, inexplicably, came diving in.


He caught the ‘keeper and could have done some serious damage. Rather unsurprisingly, referee Bobby Madden immediately produced the red card.


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Arfield was actually Gerrard’s first signing as Rangers manager and the midfielder explained how delighted to have the opportunity to work with Gerrard.

“When you have a name like that, and also his number two Gary McAllister, it was quite an easy decision, and also an easy decision for me and my family to come back up the road and to come to a club this size is perfect for me at this time in my career," Arfield said, per Herald Scotland.

“I was lucky enough to play against Steven when I was at Burnley and he was just finishing off at Liverpool.

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“He’s been every midfielder’s inspiration I think and he was certainly mine. I’m incredibly lucky that in the next four years I’m going to work every day with him and hopefully learn a lot.”

While Gerrard picked up plenty of red cards in his career, we’ve never seen him quite get sent off for a terrible lunge on a goalkeeper like that.

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