There is absolutely no doubt that Alan Power’s sickening tackle was a red card.
Any football person could see that it was reckless and dangerous and could have caused serious injury to Celtic midfielder David Turnbull if there was a serious connection.
Thankfully, contact was slight, but the intention was clear.
A clear red. No doubt about it. Except for Alex Rae. Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Rae, having defended the tackle earlier in the program, doubled down and tried to back up his stance when he claimed the red card was harsh from the referee, “There’s no two ways about it. He’s kind of clipped the boy. I can understand maybe why Willie Collum may have given it.
“But for me I thought it was a bit harsh at the time. But listen see the wording of the actual rule. We see that when people lunge in, especially when you go to ground all the time.
“So it could be construed that every time you go to ground, because you very rarely see somebody going in half hearted, when they’re going to ground because they are usually running at pace.
“So, a lot of these tackles would come under that rule as a bit late and excessive.”
An incredible stance to take on a tackle that could be easily labelled as a career ending challenge and how Rae could try and convince anyone it was not a red is unbelievable.
Thankfully, young Turnbull wasn’t hurt and recovered quickly from the challenge and should be fit for Thursday’s trip to AZ Alkmaar and for the visit to Ibrox for the first Glasgow Derby of the season.