Dundee manager Neil McCann was still “furious” yesterday at Bruno Alves’ “disgraceful” tackle on Craig Wighton during Dundee’s 4-0 defeat at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Dark Blues came out on the end of a punishing 4-0 scoreline despite competing well — for the first hour at least — with second-place chasing Rangers
In the middle of Dundee’s best spell of the first half, the home side took the lead through Kenny Miller after 39 minutes.
Then, after chances for Sofien Moussa and Simon Murray had been and gone, Alves, just on as a substitute, scythed down Wighton on the edge of the Gers box.
With Wighton making only his second appearance since a serious knee injury, Neil was, understandably, angry with the challenge from the Portuguese and felt it warranted more than just the yellow card shown by referee Greg Aitken.
Neil said: “I have to say that was a disgusting challenge from Bruno Alves. It was a joke — I’ve got a boy who’s just returned from a cruciate ligament injury and it was a scissor action, almost like thigh high.
“It was a disgraceful challenge, I’m furious with it.
“It was a yellow card, might have been red — could easily have been a red in my mind.
“That was a shocking challenge.”
Shortly after that, Alfredo Morelos poked in a second for the Gers before they took advantage of a tiring Dundee defence late on with further goals from Jamie Murphy and Daniel Candeias.
And Neil says it was “unfair” on his team for the SPFL to make them play three games in six days, with two away in Glasgow against Celtic and Rangers respectively.
He added: “To be honest, I’m not going to be too hard on my team because I think they’re effort levels have been exceptional.
“I think it’s really unfair on the club, the fans and more importantly the players to have to perform twice in Glasgow in quick succession like that.
“Six days for three games of that magnitude? I think it is shocking that Celtic game was arranged in-between.”
Goalkeeper Elliott Parish, meanwhile, is OK after having to trudge off with a bashed nose after a collision with Morelos that saw the Rangers striker booked for diving.
“Elliott has a straight nose but a sore nose, which is good for him.
“I couldn’t quite see the incident but the referee has felt the contact was instigated by the forward.”