Chris Sutton was very complimentary of Rangers on Thursday night after they secured top spot in their Europa League group by beating Lech Poznan 2-0 away in Poland.
However, the former Celtic striker’s praise for the Light Blues soon ended 24 hours later on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra.
When Darrell Currie mentioned to Ally McCoist on Friday night that Rangers had extended their unbeaten run to an incredible 26 matches, the ex-Ibrox striker said: “Phenomenal. It’s absolutely incredible.
However, Sutton butted in with a thinly-veiled swipe at Rangers for how many penalties they have won this season.
He said: “Are you disappointed Rangers didn’t get a penalty, Ally?”
But McCoist responded superbly by not rising to the bait and giving a reply that Sutton could have no answer to. McCoist said: “No, not really.
“When you win 2-0, you don’t really need one, Chris. But if they had thrown one in it would have been more than accepted, to be frank with you.”
PENALTY TO RANGERS
We’ve seen the Rangers Twitter account tweet that a lot this season.
According to WyScout, the Light Blues have won six penalties in the Scottish Premiership this season and while no team has won more, Aberdeen have also won six and Hamilton have won five.
James Tavernier has converted all six of those penalties to help him stand as the league’s top goalscorer at the moment with 10 goals in total but has there been any real debate about any of those spot-kicks the Gers have won?
If anything they should have won more.
In August, even Michael Stewart was baffled when a shove on Kemar Roofe in the penalty area went unpunished against Hamilton.
There was also a blatant handball against Benfica that was ignored last month.
This is just typical 😂
Roofe pushed over in the box, Collum says no penalty because Roofe pushed the defender first…. Where? pic.twitter.com/REUgVC826J
— Bongani_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) August 29, 2020
Sutton’s just bitter and does whatever he can to pander towards Celtic fans who have it in their heads that there’s a conspiracy to give Rangers as many penalties as possible.
But if you have any idea about football and can put aside your rivalries, you’ll see that Rangers have not won more penalties than they should have done this term.
At the end of the day, the team who has more of the ball in the penalty area will win more penalties and the league-leading Gers do exactly that.
In other Rangers news, Sky Sports have messed the Gers around with a comical turn of events in the last 48 hours.