By Jack Cunningham

29th Nov, 2021 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett delivers Scott Arfield verdict after yellow card in Rangers 3-1 win at Livingston

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 Scott Arfield’s yellow card during Rangers v Livingston was “harsh”.

However, he does feel as if the referee David Munro applied the law correctly and considered both fan and player safety after Arfield scored for the Gers.

He thinks that the referee probably made the right decision because the crowd was so close to the pitch, and Arfield was correctly booked.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said: “I think it’s a bit harsh.

“We don’t know what instruction referees are under.

“He’s too close to the crowd, that’s for sure; that’s where I think the judgement comes from the referee.

“It’s noticeable that the gap between the goalline and spectator fences are pretty tight in these grounds.

“Because he’s gone close to the crowd, they’ve pulled him.

“Harsh, but the reality is a risk of a crowd surge, and the referee has applied the law.”

Arfield a tad unlucky?

The 33-year-old opened the scoring on Sunday with a fine goal, and then he ran over towards the Gers fans to celebrate [BBC Sportscene].

He didn’t actually enter the crowd but Munro deemed that he was close enough to earn a booking, and given that the stadium was tight, you can see why he did it.

Of course, you can also understand why many Rangers fans were baffled by the decision because he didn’t leave the pitch.

However, it seems as if the referee was considering the safety of the players and the fans, and he probably came to the right decision, however harsh it might have been.

In other Rangers news, Hackett also had his say on fans throwing snowballs onto the pitch.