Livingston boss Gary Holt has been left reeling following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Rangers, lamenting refereeing decisions throughout the game.
Livi raced into a shock lead when Steven Lawless scored a penalty. Steven Gerrard’s men rallied after this, with James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos and Brandon Barker scoring for the home side.
Lyndon Dykes was also sent off, but Holt can still hold his head high after a spirited display from his side.
He has questioned a few of the decisions referee Willie Collum made throughout the game.
Holt told the Scotsman: “The first goal for them I don’t think is a free-kick. I thought Marvin [Bartley] won the ball [in the tackle with Morelos] and never touched him. Simple as that.
Willie [Collum] said he won the ball and that if he didn’t win the ball he would have sent him off. How can you give a free-kick if you win the ball? Big Lyndon was exceptional and I don’t think it was a second yellow.
“It’s very harsh. It’s an aerial challenge. I saw it – he never threw his elbow. He has tried to get elevation, he has jumped and yes he caught him.”
Were Collum’s decisions harsh on Livingston?
The away side certainly gave Rangers a fright. The Ibrox club didn’t hit top gear until Livi put themselves in front.
Were Collum’s decisions harsh though? For the Livi penalty at least he seemed to get it spot on, with Scott Arfield clearly tripping Dykes in the box, even if the forward made it a little theatrical.
Dykes’ first yellow was silly, blatantly shoving Steven Davis to the ground to waste time. Next was the free kick that resulted in a Rangers goal.
Bartley goes to ground to challenge Morelos and it looks like he won the ball. If Collum has said he won the ball though, then you have to question why this is a free kick.
Then Dykes’ second booking is probably right too. He jumped with the elbow pointed out many times during this match, but got away with it as he never made contact.
He definitely connected with this one though and Collum was left with no choice but to send him off.
Holt may be disappointed with some of the decisions, but he won’t be too disappointed with the match itself. His side gave a really good account of themselves in Govan.