By Ben Wild

28th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

'The problem is...' - Dermot Gallagher weighs in on Rangers v Hibs penalty controversy

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has claimed that Willie Collum was right to not give Hibernian a penalty during their Boxing Day clash against Rangers. 

Hibs wanted a penalty in the second half of Saturday’s clash as Ianis Hagi raised his boot in a challenge with Joe Newell inside the box.

Referee Collum did not give the penalty and speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch segment on Monday, Gallagher said that this was the correct call.

He said, “The problem is for it to be a penalty, he (Hagi) has to make physical contact. If you look, I don’t think he does.

“I think his boot is high but he doesn’t actually catch the player. I don’t think physical contact is made with the player so the referee can’t give a penalty.”

The replays showed that there was no contact between Hagi and Newell but a question remains over whether the Romanian’s action was dangerous.

It would’ve been incredibly harsh for Collum to give a penalty for a challenge that didn’t actually involve any contact.

Newell should have carried on and kept the ball alive rather than anticipating contact and falling to the floor.

Some have claimed that the Gers were lucky to win against Hibs because if a penalty had been awarded and converted then the score would’ve been 1-1.

But the Gers defended well for large portions of the game and didn’t give away any silly fouls.

Rangers could’ve been better in front of goal but the forwards know that if they can’t convert their chances then the defence is more than capable of hanging onto a lead.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Rangers fan who disagrees with Gallagher’s thoughts on the penalty shout as it seems as though only biased pundits and fans are convinced the Gers got away with one.

In other Rangers news, this Hibs player has been raging about his side’s loss at Ibrox.