Keith Hackett: Hibs penalty was careless by Rangers & Steven Davis
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Keith Hackett has insisted that Rangers midfielder Steven Davis was careless when giving a penalty away in the 3-1 defeat against Hibernian.
The Bears veteran was deemed to have fouled Martin Boyle who put the kick away to seal his hat-trick at Hampden Park.
Hackett admitted that Boyle may have gone down easily, but Davis gave the officials a decision to make by jumping in.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “No, not really.
“Problem is, the defender has got the wrong side of him and that puts him in a vulnerable position.
“I’m less convinced, I think he’s gone down a bit easily – one of the telling signs is when a player puts his arms out.
“I’ll tell you why he’s awarded it, it’s a careless challenge, not reckless. I think the defender has just got the wrong side of him.”
Not good enough.
So many things went wrong on Sunday, and this tackle just simply summed it all up as Giovanni van Bronckhorst watched on.
Davis is usually Mr Reliable at Ibrox, but he gave the officials a decision to make and they did exactly that by handing out the penalty.
Boyle was in a blind alley and going nowhere as he was surrounded, and then our veteran smashed through the back of him unnecessarily.
Hackett admitted the striker went down very easily, but that doesn’t matter, when a decision is there to be made, it usually goes in favour of the attacking side – especially when they make contact.