Leon Balogun’s Red Card Justified in Old Firm Derby, Says Alan Hutton

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Defensive Dilemma Leads to Dismissal

Rangers’ Leon Balogun was rightly sent off during the heated Old Firm clash for a foul on Celtic’s Daizen Maeda, according to former Rangers defender Alan Hutton. Balogun’s ejection from the game came at a critical moment, with the defender facing a split-second decision that ultimately led to his dismissal.

Maeda’s Menace Draws Decisive Red

Caught off guard by Celtic’s aggressive pressing, Balogun found himself in a precarious situation when he lost control of the ball to the swift Kyogo Furuhashi. Maeda, seizing the opportunity, forced Balogun into a position where he had no choice but to pull him down, resulting in a red card in the 71st minute. Despite Rangers’ James Tavernier scoring from a free kick, Celtic secured a 2-1 victory.

Alan Hutton Weighs In on Balogun’s Red

Reflecting on the incident, Hutton, who has worn both the Rangers and Aston Villa jerseys, acknowledged the difficulty of Balogun’s position on the field but agreed with referee Nick Walsh’s decision to send him off. “It was a red card, there’s no getting away from that,” Hutton stated, highlighting the challenging choice Balogun faced between stopping Maeda and risking a goal against goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Immediate Reaction or Calculated Risk?

Hutton sympathized with Balogun, understanding the instinctive nature of a player’s response to correct a mistake on the pitch. However, he emphasized that in this instance, Balogun’s decision to intervene resulted in an undeniable red card offense. “It’s a crazy situation but it’s certainly a straight red card, you can’t question it,” he explained.

Rangers Fans Express Discontent

In related news, Rangers supporters have voiced their dissatisfaction with Cyriel Dessers’ performance, despite the team’s 3-1 triumph over Kilmarnock. Fans took to social media to share their reactions, with some declaring “Never again” and others stating he’s “Not good enough,” indicating a mixed reception for the player’s display on the field.

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