By Nick Ware

2nd Nov, 2021 | 3:10pm

Keith Hackett delivers verdict on Rangers penalty v Aberdeen

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 is adamant that referee John Beaton made the right decision in awarding Rangers a penalty against Aberdeen last week.

Rangers had to come from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw against the ‘Dons at Ibrox last Wednesday, and the equalising goal was scored from the penalty spot as James Tavernier stepped up to dispatch his spot-kick past Joe Lewis.

The penalty was awarded after Fashion Sakala was fouled by Aberdeen centre-back David Bates, with the Zambian forward clipped as he stooped to meet a pass by Tavernier.

Debate raged online as to whether Rangers were fortunate to receive the penalty, but former FIFA-listed referee Hackett was left in no two minds as to the merits of it.

“The referee is in a very good position,” Hackett told Ibrox News.

“The knee seems to come into contact with the player, so there is contact. For me, there was a justification to award a penalty kick. It might seem harsh but there’s contact, so I’m supporting the referee. It’s a tight call.

“These are the ones that don’t need VAR, in my opinion. He’s made the right call.

“Talk about the position of the referee, I’m impressed with the fitness levels of the Scottish referees and I just think they take the traditional route. He’s in a great position to make his judgement.

“I think there is contact, that’s a foul. It’s a careless challenge and the defenders have to be aware of forwards and what they get up to.”

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