By Doug Ward

28th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

BBC Sportscene pundits in unexpected stance on penalty controversy in Rangers 2-2 draw v Aberdeen

James McFadden and Shelley Kerr both feel John Beaton was correct to award Rangers a late penalty against Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men came from two goals to rescue a point in the 2-2 draw at Ibrox but it’s fair to say a controversial late penalty decision helped them out massively.

James Tavernier scored from the spot in the 81st minute after David Bates was adjudged to have fouled Fashion Sakala.

McFadden, speaking on BBC Sportscene on Wednesday night, feels there was definitely enough contact for it to be a penalty.

“I have to say, initially, I didn’t think it was,” the former Motherwell and Everton player said.

“I think there when you see the contact, David Bates is trying to catch [Sakala], he puts his arm around him and then when you see it, he does have a hold of his shirt.

“He steps across him, he does get the wrong side and you have to say, in the end it’s a good spot.”

When asked if she agrees, Kerr said: “Yes, I do.

“It’s hard to see from the first angle but you can usually tell with the reaction of the players and the only one who was complaining was Scott Brown – surprise, surprise. That’s what Scott does, he’s a leader.

“For me, it was a penalty.”

Unexpected reaction

We’ve got to say, we didn’t see the two BBC Sportscene pundits agreeing with Beaton’s decision to award Rangers with a late penalty against Aberdeen.

Let’s be honest, we didn’t deserve it based on the way we played and Aberdeen can certainly feel upset about losing two points based on such a controversial refereeing decision.

You’ve got to admit it was soft, at the very least.

Bates is in a tussle with Sakala as they run for the ball but once the ball gets to Sakala, the contact is next to nothing and the Gers forward goes down very easily.

If that was given against us, there would be outrage from Bears at Ibrox, on social media and across the world.

Kris Boyd and Richard Foster both said it was a soft penalty in their coverage on Sky Sports and BBC Sportsound respectively so it’s strange to hear McFadden and Kerr go against the grain.

We got lucky. Let’s just admit it and move on.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has also reacted to the controversy.