Dermot Gallagher shares verdict on Jon McLaughlin challenge for Rangers v Dundee
Dermot Gallagher has insisted that it was the right decision to hand Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin a yellow card only against Dundee.
The stopper brought down Paul McMullan before saving the spot-kick, with James McPake angered that it wasn’t a red.
Gallagher believes that it would only be a red should McLaughlin have dragged the attacker down with his hands.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday morning, Gallagher went against McPake who was fuming with the decision.
“I think it’s a penalty and I think it’s a yellow card,” he said.
“He’s tried to get the ball and that’s what the double jeopardy rule is about. He would have been very unlucky going with his feet to get sent off.
“If he’s gone to grab a player around the waist, he’s got more of a case.”
It would be easy for anyone to get carried away with this one given that McMullan appeared destined to score.
Thankfully, Bobby Madden remained calm, assessed the situation and came to the right decision in the end at Dens Park.
McPake may have been fuming, but even he will know that it was never a red card, and he was likely more angry given that the subsequent kick was missed.
McLaughlin had a huge say on the game, and Steven Gerrard will have been delighted with the win in difficult circumstances in a below-average performance.
There were no complaints from Gerrard or the Gers over the penalty, and by now, we think McPake will have come to his senses and realised it was never a red card either.
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