By Mike Slater

30th Aug, 2021 | 2:10pm

Keith Hackett shares verdict on Alfredo Morelos incident v Celtic

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Keith Hackett has shared his verdict as Alfredo Morelos called for a penalty as Rangers once again beat Celtic on Sunday.

The Colombian went down in the final third at Ibrox, but calls were waved away by the officials in real time.

Hackett insisted that Morelos should have stayed on his feet with a potential goalscoring opportunity available, rather than going down.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “No, not a penalty for me.

“I think the referee got it right. I think he was going down before, the ball is there and you have a chance of getting it, go for the ball, not the free-kick.”

Simple.

It was a relatively straightforward call for the officials.

There were always be a stigma surrounding Morelos and how to officiate his aggressive style, so that may not help him with major calls.

When rewatching on BBC Sportscene, the incident wasn’t picked up on by the pundits, showing it can’t have been that controversial.

Hackett made up his mind in seconds, proving that there wasn’t much doubt surrounding whether it was a wrong call.

There has always been big question marks surrounding officials in Scotland, especially last season, but praise has to be handed out when due as the Old Firm went by without any major hiccups.

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