Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Nothing new about spate of red cards: Novo

Nacho Novo

Nacho Novo believes Rangers have been suffering at the hands of referees for the last few years — and not just this season.

The new campaign may be only five matches old but already Rangers have had three players sent off, with Pedro Mendes' dismissal at the weekend adding to red cards for Kevin Thomson and Madjid Bougherra.

But, as Rangers continue to count the cost of indiscipline with Mendes now banned for the visit of Aberdeen on Saturday, Novo insists the situation is nothing new.

Novo said: “In the last three years there have been really rough decisions for us, which you can see from the TV.

“I think it's like that for everybody — not just Rangers and Celtic. Sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it works against you. That's football.

“Referees will always make mistakes but anybody can make mistakes. It's a difficult job. We are all human.”

After drawing their last three games, Rangers will be desperate to return to winning ways when they face Queen of the South in the third round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup tonight.

Novo said: “Every game is massive and I know it will be a hard game for us down there.”