Todd Cantwell calls for more protection as he questions referee decisions

Playmaker Todd Cantwell of Rangers has stepped up his preparations for this weekend’s crucial Premiership encounter against Celtic at Ibrox by urging Scottish referees to start penalizing “questionable” tackles sooner in games. Cantwell fully expects to be subjected to a few robust challenges when the Glasgow giants meet for the third time this season in Govan on Sunday – he has been getting targeted by opposition defenders since he was a boy due to his ability on the ball and the position he plays in.

However, the skilful forward, who has become something of a hate figure for Celtic supporters since moving to Glasgow from Norwich City in January last year, believes some of the treatment which he receives is excessive.

He admitted that he had been disappointed with the “inconsistency” of refereeing decisions during his time north of the border.

“It is something I have probably had most of my career,” said Cantwell. “I am the sort of player who probably invites tackles with my dribbling and the way I like to play. Do I think that some teams look at it as an opportunity to try and stop me? Yeah, I do.

“But it only works if it stops me and I don’t think it has. The injury I got was hamstring. Listen, it happens, it is part of football. To be honest, if I was on the other team I might try the same thing.

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