Todd Cantwell Rangers 'red card’ confusion explained after claims LINESMAN threatened to send him off

It was a day to forget for Todd Cantwell and his Rangers teammates as they crashed to defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup final.

But things looked to be rapidly turning sour for the playmaker at the national stadium before Adam Idah's late Celtic winner just as he was hooked by Philippe Clement. The Rangers star was involved in a heated exchange with Hoops defender Greg Taylor and the full-back went into referee Nick Walsh's book for a shove on Cantwell in the second half.

The Englishman was far from impressed and as he walked off the park at the national stadium after being substituted appeared to launch a tirade at Taylor - which saw the Rangers man also land a booking from whistler Walsh. However, some eagled-eyed fans reckon that things could have been even worse for Cantwell - with linesman David Roome appearing to pull out a red card following the flashpoint.

Following the full-time whistle, the 26-year-old returned to the pitch and exchanged words with assistant Roome before being hauled away by boss Clement. On X, some fans were understanding of the midfielder's frustrations.

One stated: "I genuinely have no idea why, as a linesman, he’s got a red card out but he was 100 per cent saying to Walsh it was a possible red card. It’s why Cantwell asked him at FT." Another chimed in: "No wonder Cantwell was going tonto at full time."

However, all may not be as it seems - with others quick to explain that it was Roome's NOTEBOOK that he had pulled out of his top pocket. Cantwell and Fabio Silva both came off after 74 minutes to be replaced by Scott Wright and Rabbi Matondo - which the assistant would have been in the process of noting down before intervening in the exchange between Cantwell and Taylor.

On social media one punter pointed out: "He was probably just noting the sub that had just been made and happened to have his book in his hand when the camera panned back." One added:"Linesmen also note down key events on their card book. Subs etc."

Another noted that it is unlikely that Roome would even be carrying a red card as they moved to slapdown the claim. They wrote to X: "I don't think an assistant referee carries any type of cards, yellow or red."