Shelley Kerr stunned by penalty shouts in Rangers draw v St Johnstone
BBC Sportscene pundit Shelley Kerr couldn’t believe the number of penalty shouts as Rangers drew 1-1 against St Johnstone on Wednesday night.
Liam Craig’s stoppage-time penalty earned the Saints a late point at McDiarmid Park but that wasn’t the only penalty-box drama on the night.
Referee Euan Anderson made a bizarre decision to overturn a penalty kick after Borna Barisic and Shaun Rooney came together in the box and the ball also struck Jack Simpson’s arm.
Simpon then brought down Christopher Kane in stoppage time, Anderson pointed to the spot and that time, his decision stuck.
While it looked soft, ex-Scotland Women player Kerr claims it was a penalty.
Speaking on BBC Sportscene on Wednesday night, she said: “To be honest, there was that many claims it’s unbelievable.
“I think this is a penalty.
“It’s probably understandable from Jack Simpson, that put knives in his night. He’s not played a lot, he’s come into the team, trying to form a partnership there with [Connor] Goldson.
“The previous one where it hits his hand, I don’t think that was a penalty but it was the 94th minute, he’s probably just lost his concentration momentarily but I think that’s a penalty.”
None of them were penalties, let’s face it.
Anderson was within his rights to award a penalty and then cancel it, which he did for the first one because, in the end, he made the correct call. It was frustrating for St Johnstone but the correct call was eventually made.
Simpson’s handball wasn’t a penalty either. Yes, the ball struck him on the arm but his arm was down by his side in a natural position and he was trying to move it away.
As for the one that was awarded, it was soft.
Simpson does stick his leg up but it’s more of a case of the St Johnstone player colliding with him.
It was clumsy and we can see why it was given, but in our view, it wasn’t a spot kick.
Nevertheless, we weren’t good enough to win on Wednesday night.
Our fringe players have underperformed a lot this season which is why we’ve had results like the one at McDiarmid Park.
Let’s hope there’s a big improvement ahead of playing the Saints again this weekend at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
In other Rangers news, there’s been a massive update on Alfredo Morelos’ future at Ibrox.