By Mike Slater

13th Dec, 2021 | 11:55am

Keith Hackett: Rangers lucky not to give away penalty after Connor Goldson handball v Hearts

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 has insisted that Hearts should have had a penalty in the Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers.

Connor Goldson appeared to handle the ball at Tynecastle but the incident went unpunished, much to the anger of the home side.

Hackett shared that VAR would have punished the Bears, but it looked as though the ball went out of play before it was crossed into the box, so it may not have mattered in the end.

“That’s handball,” he told Ibrox News. “There’s no question. He’s handled the ball so it’s a penalty kick, VAR would have detected that for sure.

“He knows exactly what he’s done, that’s a penalty kick every day. If that was VAR operating in Europe, that would have been pulled out by VAR.”

Lucky?

It certainly looked as though it was handball, but the main argument we want to settle on is the fact that it looked out of play.

Hearts and Robbie Neilson can complain as much as they like, but that is becoming a regular theme after each of their defeats.

Rangers put their chances away when they came, and that was why they left with the three points from Tynecastle.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is delivering the goods, and he will be delighted with the start he has made, as well as how the squad have reacted to his changes.

Hackett suggests VAR, but the officials need to be made full-time first before that happens, and that doesn’t look to be happening anytime soon.

In other Rangers news, this ‘wonderful’ wants January move to Ibrox with the Bears set to make a bid next month