By Mike Slater

18th Jan, 2022 | 9:10am

Keith Hackett responds to new law change as Rangers set to take on Aberdeen

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 referees will be on red alert ahead of Rangers clash with Aberdeen this evening.

The ex-FIFA listed referee has reacted to Scottish Premiership clubs voting for more substitutions, with five now allowed in games.

Hackett admitted that officials need to take more accountability and make sure that more injury time is added at the end of games if needed.

“I think it is the right move,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“I think that was referees will have to be alert to, is the fact that they make certain that they add on the appropriate time lost from the increased number of substitutions.

I think sometimes that the element is when you read the average playing time in the English Premier League is 54-57 minutes, then there has to be a level of accountability.

Make your subs, make them fairly quickly, and referees add on time.”

Red alert.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have many more options to choose from now, and this could also give him an advantage.

The Bears have a deeper squad than many in the Scottish Premiership, and they can be used to control games and kill time if needed.

Hackett has warned officials to watch against that, meaning that we could be seeing much more added time in games from now.

This will be something to look out for as the action finally returns this evening at Pittodrie.

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