Furious Craig Levein slams referee after Rangers loss

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has described referee Bobby Madden as the “12th man” as they lost 2-1 at home to Rangers on Sunday.Rangers came from behind to win 2-1 at Hearts to go top of the Scottish Premiership, and Craig Levein was disappointed with the referee’s ‘abysmal’ performance.Scott Arfield was sent off for a nasty challenge on Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal, but Levein believes Rangers forward Morelos should have also seen red after an incident with skipper Christophe Berra.“I read a quote from Neil Lennon a few weeks ago when they went to Celtic Park and he said that ‘we were playing against 12 men’,” Levein told Sky Sports.“That’s how I feel today.“How Morelos stays on the park and gets through that without a booking I’ll never know. Some of the decisions today were abysmal.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Morelos had loads of fouls where he doesn’t even watch the ball. He just jumps into the centre-backs.“There was one where he has smashed Christophe and Bobby said to one of our players: ‘It’s alright, that’s just Morelos – he’s a bit silly sometimes’. Well, maybe I’ll tell our players to be silly because you don’t get booked for it!“Austin [MacPhee] phoned [Scottish Football Association head of referees] John Fleming a while ago after we had three goals against us that were offside because the linesman made mistakes.“John Fleming suggested that we held the line on the 18-yard line to make it easier for his officials. So we did that today and they still got it wrong!“Actually, it’s 13 we are playing against. And the good thing is that Neil Lennon didn’t get any punishment – that’s good to know. It’s really good news that there won’t be any punishment.”last_img