By Mike Slater

20th Dec, 2021 | 1:15pm

Keith Hackett thrilled by decision to hand Rangers penalty v Dundee United

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 was left thrilled as the officials handed Rangers a penalty in their 1-0 victory against Dundee United.

The linesman flagged up the handball in the second half, which led to James Tavernier smashing home the winner at Ibrox.

With no VAR, decisions such as that one have been easily missed in the past, but Alan Muir and his team spotted the clear handball in the end.

“Phwoar…” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“Great position, good referee – I’ve seen him before – spot on.

“Well done referee, good teamwork. I just hope that they don’t lose that teamwork when VAR comes in because that’s one of the things that’s been lost in England.

“The Scottish referees again, they look, fitter, in good positions – they take a lot of stick but that’s because they’re seen often. There’s fewer of them and they are exposed more.

Brilliant.

There can be no complaints with this one, as Scott McMann clearly handled Ianis Hagi’s delivery into the box in the second half.

As it was such a strange attempt to block the ball, it could easily have been missed, but as a collective, the officials were perfect.

Given the amount of unnecessary media scrutiny surrounding the number of penalties the Gers earn in games, it would have been easy to ignore.

Instead, the linesman was in the perfect position to double down on the right decision and it led to us collecting all three points in the end.

In other Rangers news, an official club partner has fired back at Tom English after his latest bitter jibe at the Bears