'No doubt' - BT Sport commentators share verdict on Rangers penalty incident v Red Star
BT Sport commentators Stephen Craigan, Alex Rae and Rory Hamilton were all in agreement that Rangers were correctly awarded a first-half penalty v Red Star.
The Bears hosted the Serbian outfit at Ibrox on Thursday night and were awarded a penalty after just ten minutes, which James Tavernier emphatically converted to give them the lead.
But the spot-kick only came after a long VAR check for a perceived foul on Ryan Kent in the box, after he lost control of the ball but was tripped. After several replays and minutes delaying the action, the BT Sport trio were unanimous in their agreement that the correct decision was made.
“Clearly contact there, Rory. Dangles a leg, contact in the box there for me Stephen,” said Rae when the foul was initially made.
“It looked as though he’d lost control of the ball, but there’s clearly a touch on the right foot of Ryan Kent,” Craigan replied. “Once he gets into the box and starts jumping over the ball and moving, then there is a real danger that a lazy leg and contact could lead to a penalty kick.
“There is contact. There is no doubt about that,” Hamilton added.
If we’re honest it seemed like a bit of an unnatural contact in the build up to the penalty, but nobody inside Ibrox is complaining.
Kent used his quick feet and directness to run straight at the defence and despite over-running the ball, he was tripped up by the defender who dangled a lazy leg out in the box.
The punishment was just, because you simply can’t do that at this level, but Rangers would absolutely be furious if there was a penalty given against them for something similar.
The goal really helped the Ibrox crowd to settle down and helped the team get into their rhythm better after a slow start and Kent continued to run at the opposition for the rest of the half.
It’s not hard to see why the penalty was given, because it was lazy and obvious contact, but with the player not in control of the ball anymore it’s just as easy to understand why Red Star were furious.
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