By Doug Ward

19th Dec, 2021 | 8:51am

BBC Sportscene pundit reacts to Rangers controversy in 1-0 win v Dundee United

Alan Muir was correct to award Rangers a penalty against Dundee United on Saturday, according to BBC Sportscene pundit James McFadden.

James Tavernier’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Scott McMan in the away side’s penalty area at Ibrox, leading to Muir pointing to the spot and Tavernier netting a 71st-minute winner in the Gers’ 1-0 victory.

Sportscene host Jonathan Sutherland asked McFadden whether the penalty was a controversial one but the ex-Motherwell player feels Muir was spot on.

“No, it doesn’t [fall into the contentious category],” said McFadden on Sportscene on Saturday night.

“They defended balls into the box brilliantly and Scott McMann probably gets into a decent position and he’s expecting that ball to be whipped across the face [of goal]. But it doesn’t, Tavernier whips it behind him.

“I don’t know if he shuts his eyes because he goes to make an attempt to head the ball.

“His right arm, you see it here, is outstretched. He’s not trying to knock the ball away with his hand but if it’s outstretched like that and it hits it then the assistant referee is giving a penalty.

“Trevor Carson [has] absolutely no chance with the penalty, it’s a brilliant hit from James Tavernier.”

Penalty to Rangers

We absolutely love the rage this has caused across those who have an agenda against the Gers.

It was an absolute stonewall penalty with McMann’s arm clearly outstretched and blocking Tavernier’s cross from going into the danger area.

Tavernier rarely misses them, which is probably why so many people hate to see us getting spot-kicks because we usually always convert them.

There seems to be a conspiracy theory going around in the East End of Glasgow that referees are denying them penalties and giving more to the Gers.

But stats by transfermarkt show that Hearts have won the most penalties in the Scottish Premiership this season [6] while the Light Blues have won just five.

Celtic have won three, missing one. Rangers have a 100 per cent conversion rate, which is exactly why teams fear us getting spot-kicks awarded.

In other Rangers news, an ex-FIFA official says the SFA should write to Nicola Sturgeon about what an SNP politician said this week.