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‘Even in Scotland’ Former Times and Guardian journalist amazed by red card decision

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Patrick Barclay has joined the criticism of Scottish after viewing Sam Cosgrove’s red card at Ibrox.

The Dundee born journalist is one of the most respected commentators in the English game with acknowledged books on and having been a senior football reporter at The Guardian and The Times.

As chairman of the Football Writers Association he has 138,000 followers on twitter.

English football does have it’s problems with but with a pool of full time officials not allowed to take charge of matches involving clubs they are associated with or in their home area there are much less controversies.

issued Cosgrove with his red card and is no stranger to controversy having famously been in charge of the v Inverness Caley Thistle semi-final in 2015.

Despite a clear hand-ball from Josh Meekings that denied a goal McLean waved play on with losing 3-2 after extra-time.

The following season McLean was in charge of the Final.

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