By Nick Ware

14th Dec, 2021 | 3:11pm

Ex-FIFA official: Rangers likely to be hit by SFA charge for failing to control players 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 expects Rangers and Hearts to be charged by the Scottish Football Association after a heated game at Tynecastle Park on Sunday (12 December).

Rangers ran out 2-0 winners after early goals from Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo but events really began to heat up in the second half, despite no further goals.

Referee Nick Walsh dished out two yellow cards in the first half but showed a further ten in the second period, with Josh Ginnelly seeing red after two bookable offences.

Rangers captain James Tavernier was among the five players booked for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side in Edinburgh, and former FIFA-listed official Hackett suggests there could be punishments in store for the Gers.

“If I was his boss I’d be reviewing the referee’s actions and every yellow card that he issued,” Hackett told Ibrox News.

“A high number of yellow cards, that’s when you publicly bring the captains together. 13 cards is far too much, let’s face it.

“Five or more yellow cards bring a charge in England of failing to control your players so I suspect that with that number of cards the Scottish FA will undertake a process now.

“I expect both clubs to be charged with failing to control their players.”

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist made a defiant Gers claim on Tuesday after a Celtic question was posed to him live on-air.