By Mike Slater

1st Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett: Graham Alexander clutching at straws after Rangers win v Motherwell

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 Motherwell boss Graham Alexander was clutching at straws complaining after the 6-1 defeat against Rangers.

Shared by the Daily Record, Alexander brought up a handball that was missed by the media too – with no one 100% sure about what he was talking about.

Hackett believes that the officials had a good game at Fir Park and that the home side were just looking for something to complain about.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “I think generally with referees, what we see is no surprises.

“Therefore, in that sense, it indicates how players see things and whilst you don’t go on what they say, they are part of the process.

“I watched some of the game and thought the referee had a good game with some good movements. If there was a clear shout, the one thing the media would have done is shown it.

“I think he’s clutching at straws.”


Sky Sports didn’t pick up the incident, BBC Sportscene didn’t show it – we’re struggling to picture what Alexander is even talking about.

There were no huge appeals from his own players at Fir Park, and it was probably just brought up to deflect some of the pressure on his own squad after that demolition job.

Steven Gerrard will have been laughing listening along to that, and all he will care about is those three important points.

VAR being introduced into Scottish football has been a huge talking point recently, and incidents (or any sort of controversy) will make that spotlight shine lighter.

Alexander can keep on dreaming, and it is best he leaves this complaint in the past and gets on with his job – this was never a penalty.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has destroyed one Bears star this week over an embarrassing stat from this season