Rob Milsom: 'Steven Naismith should have been sent off'
Aberdeen midfielder expresses sympathy for Rangers forward but believes action should have been taken over tackle.
Aberdeen’s Rob Milsom believes that Steven Naismith should have been shown a red card for the late tackle that left him with a gashed leg.
The late challenge occurred in Rangers’ 2-1 win against the Dons at Pittodrie on Saturday, leaving Milsom with a cut that meant he could play no further part in the game.
Just minutes after Milsom’s substitution, Naismith collapsed to the turf and it has now been confirmed that the Rangers star has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. The forward will be out for around eight or nine months.
Milsom expressed his sympathy for Naismith but insisted that the severity of the challenge on him should not have gone unpunished by referee Willie Collum.
"It was quite a high tackle from Stevie and it should have been red," Milsom told the Daily Record. "It was a sore one for me and there was quite a gash on my leg, but the medical team covered it up.
"I was lucky my standing foot wasn't planted on the floor otherwise I could have been seriously injured.
"But I know Naismith isn't a malicious player and he came off worse.
"I wouldn't wish that injury on anyone. I hope he's back playing as soon as possible and I wish him the best."