Former referee Bobby Madden has stated Dan Casey should have been sent off for Motherwell after his challenge on Rangers winger Ross McCausland.

The ex-Scottish FA official has explained the "pace and intensity" of the tackle would warrant a red card for the defender.

Casey was not penalised for the tackle during the match with referee Alan Muir waving play on and no review of the decision after VAR check.

However, furious Rangers boss Philippe Clement branded the challenge "too dangerous" as he revealed McCausland was left unable to walk anymore unassisted after the hefty collision.

The Ibrox boss said: "There was much too much intensity in that tackle. And he caught him.

"We got a few red cards this season already with less intensity than this but now it was not even a foul or a yellow card.

"That's very disappointing, for sure it's disappointing to have to make changes in the first half. For him, for the team you lose a moment also to arrange things you can use in the second half.

"These kind of tackles are just too dangerous for the game and you lose good players so I think it is a task also for the referees to protect the game and to protect players because this is too dangerous."

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And Madden agrees with the Ibrox boss as he shared an explanation on Instagram stating VAR had a "real opportunity yo recommend an on field review" after the incident was "missed".

He wrote: ""You just can’t tackle in that manner anymore.

"Playing the ball is not a consideration. It’s all centred around player safety. Did the player show a disregard, caution and yellow card for reckless challenge, or endanger the safety of the opponent, red card for serious foul play.

"VAR had a real opportunity to recommend an on field review to the referee as it was essentially a missed incident as no foul was given live.

"No significant contact was made with the studs, more by luck than design, but the pace and intensity of the challenge would warrant a red card."

Motherwell defender Casey would later score the winner for his side in a historic Ibrox triumph and after the match defended his tackle and insisted he would never try to hurt a rival player.

He said: "No. One of the Rangers coaching staff said something to me after the game about it.

“I didn’t really listen or hear what they said, but I think it was something about what happened [with the tackle]. But I only went in to win the ball. I never went in to hurt anyone. I’m not that type of person.

“If you see it back, you can see I won the ball. I would never, ever try to hurt anybody. As a person, that’s not what I’m about.

“I only had eyes for the ball. I play hard and I go in hard, that’s just how I am.”