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Alex McLeish has insisted there can be no complaints about the decision to hand Royal Antwerp a penalty in the clash with Rangers on Thursday.

Steven Davis was adjudged to have clipped playmaker Lior Refaelov in the box, although many have argued it was never the right decision.

McLeish claimed that nearly every single referee in the Europa League will have given that decision, with VAR there to support them afterwards.


Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Refaelov – he’s a clever player.

“I’m sorry, but any referee in European games will give that penalty. It was a tap on his ankle and he went down as if he had been bludgeoned.

“That is the clever side, other people will use other words, but for me, Steven tapped him on the ankle and on VAR it was pretty clear.”


There have been many contrasting views on this one overnight.

Speaking on BT Sports’ coverage of the game on Thursday, Stephen Craigan was furious with the decision, claiming it was “incredible” that it was given.

Davis may have made contact, but Refaelov’s reaction should have told the referee that he was clearly over-exaggerating and could have stayed on his feet.

The Bears got away with one in the end, and it could have been a different story if they didn’t leave Antwerp with a one-goal advantage heading back to Ibrox next week in the reverse fixture.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish lauds return of Scott Arfield against Royal Antwerp


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