By Mike Slater

27th Dec, 2021 | 12:30pm

Keith Hackett reacts to Ethan Erhahon challenge on James Tavernier in Rangers win v St Mirren

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Keith Hackett has admitted that he has seen red cards given for the challenge on Rangers skipper James Tavernier by St Mirren midfielder Ethan Erhahon.

BBC Sportscene shared the footage which led to much debate after Erhahon was deemed to have been reckless.

Hackett insisted that the referee was in a brilliant position and had a feel for the game, leading to him supporting his decision of just a yellow card.

“High, isn’t it?” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“Reckless, the referee is brilliantly placed. I’ve seen reds given but I think the referee has got a feel for the game, he’s in the right position and he’s given the judgement.

“I’m supporting him on that one.”

Saved?

One thing could have possibly saved Erhahon from a red card here, and that is the reaction of Tavernier.

Regardless of getting a slight touch on the ball, the midfielder still caught the skipper above knee height with his studs – something that is usually punished with a red.

Tavernier fell to the ground but simply brushed it off rather than rolling around, something that may have got his opponent in trouble.

Hackett is happy to back the officials, and it is one of those that is easily swept under the carpet with an easy three points in the bag.

If the outcome was different, the calls for a red card could have been much louder at Ibrox.

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