Keith Hackett: Rangers should have had penalty in 3-0 win v Dundee
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Keith Hackett has insisted that Rangers deserved a penalty in their 3-0 win over Dundee on Saturday at Ibrox.
Ianis Hagi was brought to the ground in the box, with footage shared on BBC Sportscene, but calls were waved away.
Hackett admitted that the away side “got away with it” and although it could be deemed soft, it should have been awarded.
“Dangerous when a player sticks a straight leg out in that situation,” he told Ibrox News.
“The referee is in a great position. He jumps over it. I’ve seen them given, but I do think the referee is in a great position to dictate the challenge.
“I must admit, it does look like a foul. It’s the left leg, that’s a penalty, I think the players got away with it. It might be deemed soft but he’s committed a careless challenge.”
Would this have been given if this was for any other side in the Scottish Premiership this season? We think so.
Because Rangers dominate so many games and are constantly attacking compared to others, they get given more penalties than the likes of Dundee.
There was huge coverage and reaction to the penalty at Hibs in midweek (1st December) before this one, with accusations flying everywhere.
Was this in the mind of the officials? Hagi was clearly brought down and the defender was in no control of his challenge, but yet it wasn’t given.
We hope this isn’t a continuous theme moving forward, and this can be left as a one-off, this has to be looked at.