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Rangers fans felt as though Bobby Madden should have awarded their team a penalty in the 2-0 win against Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday.
In the second half, Joe Aribo went down in the penalty area after a challenge by Celtic’s Greg Taylor.
Steven Davis worked the ball into the box, squared it to Aribo who had Taylor tugging at his arm as they both went to the ground before the Celtic player managed to clear the ball.
Rangers fans were furious that Madden failed to point to the spot after Taylor pulled at Aribo’s arm.
Here is a selection of their tweets on Twitter:
Taylor blatantly pulls Aribo down, not even up for debate. As soon as it went 2-0 Madden gave them everything and more. Appalling performance from him.
— Gavin Kelly (@gmkelly1979) April 19, 2021
How in God's name was Taylor dragging Aribo to the ground not a penalty? 😂 No that it mattered. The Champions roll on.
— Michael (@Michael57151642) April 19, 2021
Aribo was denied a penalty, Greg Taylor took him down as he had a tap in, plus kemar roofe was taken out by ajer on the box
— Rob (@RangersRobbie83) April 19, 2021
Although Gers fans thought it was a penalty, former Premier League referee Keith Hackett does not.
However, Hackett also doesn’t think Celtic should have been awarded their penalty, which was saved by Allan McGregor.
“I don’t think that’s a penalty and I don’t think [the Celtic one] is either,” Hackett told Ibrox News.
“If I’m awarding a penalty kick, I want to actually see an offence. No, I’m not supportive in either case.”
On the whole, we don’t mind that the penalty wasn’t awarded because we did win.
However, BBC Sportscene once again failed to cover the controversial moment in their post-match analysis.
Jonathan Sutherland claimed that the supposed Aribo foul on Leigh Griffiths was a penalty and called out other moments Celtic could have had penalties.
His failure to discuss the Taylor-Aribo incident continues to add more evidence to the clear anti-Rangers agenda from the BBC.
In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit couldn’t believe what he saw in an “outrageous” moment versus Celtic.