By Mike Slater

18th Apr, 2022 | 10:45am

Keith Hackett reacts to 'awesome' Bobby Madden in Rangers win v Celtic after big complaints

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 heaped praise on Bobby Madden after he officiated Rangers win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

The ex-FIFA official labelled the workrate of the referee as “awesome” despite heavy complaints being sent his way.

The likes of Chris Sutton were nearly left in tears at the officiating despite no major calls really being needed at Hampden Park.

“I thought he did okay,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“I don’t think there is anything you can put your finger on, he worked hard physically. I think people are just comparing him to the performance of Willie Collum [in last Old Firm].

“I think fans are fans, they all have got a view. The referees’ performance is influenced by the outcome of the game and the result. I go back to default position, I think with this kid and others, they’ve got some good referees in Scotland.

“In fairness, they were in control from start to finish and that’s a credit to them, the work rate of them was pretty awesome.”

No problems.

Hackett is spot on.

All of these complaints are simply being influenced by the end of the result at Hampden Park in this huge semi-final.

There would have been no complaints if the result was the other way round, and this is something that officials such as Madden will be used to going into any Old Firm game.

Rangers were just simply the better team on this afternoon, and both of their goals proved that, with Madden playing no role in those.

Celtic were outrun and outbattled despite having a week off while the Bears played another 120 minutes against Braga on Thursday just three days beforehand.

In what always promises to be a fiesty occasion, Madden kept control of the game and didn’t get carried away with any decisions.

This is how it should be.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season