Keith Hackett praises penalty decision in Rangers win v St Mirren
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Keith Hackett has praised the decision to hand Rangers a penalty in their 2-1 victory over St Mirren on Sunday afternoon.
Ianis Hagi was fouled on the edge of the box but fell to the ground outside of the area – leading to some complaints from home fans.
Hackett insisted there was no doubt that it was a penalty, and was thrilled by the “terrific” positioning of the referee.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “That’s inside [the box].
“It doesn’t matter if he falls outside, the offence took place inside – that’s a penalty kick. It’s a good decision.
“I’m rarely critical of Scottish referees at the minute, absolutely terrific – a good piece of refereeing.“
The positioning of the referee was superb here, and it made the decision even easier for him when pointing to the spot.
Hagi is one of the trickiest players in the Scottish Premeirship and there is always the chance of him being felled when he runs directly at his opposite number.
The Romanian caused constant problem yesterday, and there were no doubts that it was a penalty – with no complaints from the home side either.
That is a clear sign that the decision was spot on, and it is good to see some level of consistency arriving in the Scottish Premiership.
It is good to be talking about a good decision this week, after the numerous controversies in recent weeks – long may it continue.