Andy Walker claims Rangers should have been awarded a penalty in the first half of their clash against Livingston on Wednesday night.

It was a very dull first half but there was a moment of controversy towards half-time when Alfredo Morelos went down in the penalty area.

However, referee John Beaton booked Morelos for simulation, despite clear contact from Livi goalkeeper Max Stryjek.


Walker believes it was enough for a penalty.

“How will he react here? He turns his head away in disgust, shake of the head,” Walker said during commentary on Sky Sports Football on Wednesday night.

“You see here the goalkeeper’s hesitant. It’s worthy of a claim, I tell you.

“He takes it past him here and then the goalkeeper’s at full stretch. I think he catches him on the leg. To me, it’s a penalty.”

Walker added: “There was clear contact from the goalkeeper on Alfredo Morelos, it was a penalty for me.”


Case for VAR?

If VAR was in use and used correctly, Beaton’s decision to penalise Morelos would have surely been overturned and a penalty awarded instead.

Stryjek clearly made contact with Morelos’ leg.

Whether you think it would have been soft or not is pretty much irrelevant these days as you see officials south of the border give penalties for the slightest bit of contact.

We also saw it in the Europa League when Steven Davis conceded a penalty for faint contact in the first leg of the win over Royal Antwerp.

It was a penalty and hopefully Morelos gets that yellow card rescinded from his record because he wasn’t diving.

It was just about the only thing worth talking about in that half but we would have much rather been talking about Borna Barisic burying a penalty than El Bufalo getting wrongly yellow-carded.

In other Rangers news, David Tanner was totally out of line in Gerrard’s press conference on Tuesday.


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