By Doug Ward

24th Nov, 2020 | 4:22pm

'Fact' - Charlie Mulgrew delivers verdict on moment of controversy in Rangers win v Aberdeen

Former Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew believes Rangers should have had a penalty in the first half of their 4-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday.

Although it was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, the Gers were felt hard-done-by when Kemar Roofe was flattened in the penalty area by Dons player Funso Ojo.

Ojo clearly went through the back of Roofe but referee Nick Walsh failed to point to the spot.

Speaking at half-time on Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday, Mulgrew suggested it was a stonewall penalty for Rangers.

He said: “There’s no argument with the fact this is definitely a penalty.

“He comes through the back to get the ball and there’s no doubt about it, it’s as clear a penalty as you’ll see.”

Kris Boyd also claims Walsh should have awarded Rangers with a penalty kick and a chance for James Tavernier to add to his already-impressive tally for the season.

However, the ex-Light Blues forward suggests that the lack of fans inside Ibrox might have led to the referee’s failure to point to the spot.

Boyd said: “I agree all day long. It’s clever from Kemar Roofe, he’s tried to put his body in there.

“What I will say is that having no crowd has had an impact on that because had there been a noise in here, you’d have probably reacted to the noise and give the penalty.”

Fortunately, Walsh’ incorrect call didn’t have an impact on the result as Rangers won comprehensively against Derek McInnes’ side.

Tavernier did eventually get the chance to take a penalty in the second half after Walsh pointed to the spot when Andy Considine pulled Leon Balogun to the ground while defending a set-piece.

While that was a correct call by the referee, it’s odd that he managed to spot that among a crowd of players over what quite obviously a foul on Roofe in the first-half.

The standard of refereeing in Scotland is very low and almost every week you see something which might make the SFA and SPFL towards introducing VAR.

However, we don’t want to see that at all.

While incorrect decisions are annoying and can really define a club’s season and destiny, we would much rather see them happen in real-time on the pitch rather than them be decided by VAR.

Time after time, we have seen south of the border how VAR continues to spring up some absolutely baffling decisions.

In other Rangers news, the Gers could be forced to shell out a seven-figure fee to Mike Ashley.