By Doug Ward

8th Dec, 2021 | 7:10am

Ex-FIFA official hits out over Leigh Griffiths controversy in Rangers win v Dundee

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

Alan Muir should have sent off Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths in his side’s loss at Rangers on Saturday, according to Keith Hackett.

Griffiths, 31, was substituted into the Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox in the 54th minute and was booked three minutes later for an ugly challenge on Joe Aribo.

The on-loan Celtic striker later brought down Calvin Bassey, causing yet more outrage among Gers players as they demanded a second yellow card was shown to him.

However, Muir kept his cards in his pockets and former Premier League referee Hackett feels that a second booking was warranted.

“I think the referee has seen it as careless and not reckless but he’s fortunate to stay on,” Hackett told Ibrox News.

“That’s a second yellow card and he should be gone. I see it as a reckless challenge.”

Griffiths’ short appearance at Ibrox saw him put more effort into injuring Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s players instead of beating them.

His challenge on Aribo was a very strong yellow card and we’re baffled as to why Muir didn’t book him again for that foul on Bassey.

It’s very clear that Griffiths wasn’t out there to play a football match and he should have been removed from the match before potentially causing an injury to someone.

Referees have a job to protect the players and Muir failed in that duty as he didn’t send off someone who had nothing on his mind except for trying to injure Gers players.

In other Rangers news, this journalist is furious with an “embarrassing” situation involving the Gers this week.