Chris Iwelumo has admitted that Chris Kane was lucky to escape a red card against Celtic.
The Sportscene pundit spent time at St Johnstone as Kane was coming through the ranks.
Celtic had complete control of yesterday’s match when the St Johnstone striker clashed with Cameron Carter-Vickers. As the Celtic defender fell to the ground Kane lashed out with two kicks aimed at his grounded opponent.
Referee Nick Walsh grabbed a yellow card as he raced to the scene, as Carter-Vickers tried to get back to his feet he was man-handled by Kane and team-mate Craig Bryson.
Typical of his performance throughout the match Walsh booked Kane and Carter-Vickers with his former team-mate as shocked as the watching Celtic support.
Picking up on his appearance on Sportscene, the Daily Record reports Iwelumo saying:
I know Chris Kane well, he competes for everything. He’s very lucky here. There’s a coming together and the ball is under Carter-Vickers.
That (as Kane goes in) can’t happen. The little swing, he’s very, very lucky. He makes connection with Carter-Vickers.
He goes to grab the throat but it’s a push as well. It’s the use of the hands, if that’s seen it’s a red card, there’s no arguments there.
Walsh is one of the rising stars on the referee circuit, getting his first Glasgow derby in May followed by the St Johnstone v Hibs Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.