By Jack Cunningham

27th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Keith Hackett believes that James McPake should have been allowed to discuss the penalty incident against Rangers

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 believes that Dundee manager James McPake should have been allowed to discuss the penalty decision against Rangers.

Bobby Madden awarded the home side a penalty but only handed Jon McLaughlin a yellow card rather than a red.

He believed that the goalkeeper made a genuine attempt to win the ball and, therefore, couldn’t be sent off. McLaughlin then saved the penalty, and McPake was sent off after the full-time whistle [BBC Sportscene].

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said: “I think the game is getting to the position where managers are not allowed [on the pitch] at the end of the game.

“That manager should be allowed to knock on the referee’s dressing room door. He may continue to still disagree, but he can seek clarification.

“I am sure Scottish referees like English referees, like all referees around the world, are able to communicate why they make decisions.”

Should McPake have been sent off?

It is hard to know if the Dundee boss should have received his marching orders or not for his arguments after the game.

He obviously wasn’t happy, and then Madden also mocked him after the match, which can’t have helped matters [Daily Record].

However, in our opinion, the referee got the decision spot on. McLaughlin clearly goes for the ball and ends up wiping the player out instead.

He then redeemed himself with a fine penalty save, and the Bears held on to take a big 1-0 win that leaves them at the top of the SPFL table.

So, you can feel a little bit sorry for McPake, but ultimately, Madden made the right call, and Jason Cummings failed to deliver from the spot.

If the game had ended 1-1, we can’t imagine that the Dundee boss would have had too many complaints about the decision.

In other Rangers news, Dermot Gallagher has provided his view on McLaughlin’s tackle.