BY GAVIN BERRY
RAGING Rangers boss Mark Warburton last night blasted killjoy officials after Andy Halliday was sent off for celebrating.
The midfielder was given his marching orders for pumping his fist in front of the Morton fans in the cowshed after Barrie McKay’s clincher at Cappielow.
McKay struck 20 minutes from time after Kenny Miller had opened the scoring for Gers who restored their five-point lead at the top of the Championship.
But the shine was taken off the victory with Halliday’s bizarre red card which now rules him out of Saturday’s home clash with Falkirk.
The midfielder – who had a red card against Hibs overturned earlier this month – had been booked just four minutes earlier for a foul on Declan McManus.
And because he was sent off for two yellow cards he is now unable to appeal against a ban.
Linesman David McKniff alerted referee Barry Cook to Halliday’s celebration and the incident left Warburton absolutely livid.
He said: “I’ve been told that the player was sent off for making an offensive gesture which had incited the Morton fans.
“I’m sure you’ve all seen it. The player made that fatal mistake of celebrating the second goal. It was scandalous behaviour on his part.
“All he has done is shown his passion for the game and the club.
“We scored a second goal and you have to enjoy it. We have watched it from every angle and we are bemused and frustrated, whatever adjective you want to use.
“We have lost an important player to a second yellow and you can’t appeal for what we find the most frustrating decision.”