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BBC pundit John Robertson brands Borna Barisic ‘lucky’ for escaping Rangers red card against Hearts

Rangers continued to impress under new manager, Giovani van Bronckhorst, as they scored twice to see off Hearts and stay top of the table today.

The Gers had Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos to thank for the goals that gave them three points. On the day, Rangers deserved the win, too, as Hearts huffed and puffed but ultimately lacked a bit of quality when it mattered.

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Hearts were also reduced to ten men in the 80th minute when Josh Ginnelly was sent off. The 24-year-old became involved in an incident involving Borna Barisic, and was given a second yellow. The moment proved to be a talking point, and BBC pundit and former Hearts man, John Robertson, felt Barisic was lucky to not get a red himself.

“I think Barisic is extremely, extremely, lucky. The moment he grabs Devlin by the throat, for me he’s got to go,” Robertson commented for BBC Sport.

Barisic got away with a yellow card, while Ginnelly’s red ruined any late hopes the home side had of mounting a comeback.

TBR’s View: Borna Barisic Goes On Another Day, Hearts Were Unlucky

This all comes down to inconsistencies in the game but we see it a lot, not just with Rangers and Barisic. On another weekend or in another game, the Rangers man sees red.

Ultimately, and to Hearts’ woe, it was not to be this weekend. But Robertson does have a point in his comments in that Barisic can count himself a bit on the lucky side.

Regardless, Rangers continue to march on. They are looking impressive, and Van Bronckhorst will be happy with what he has seen in recent weeks.

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