By Mike Slater

26th Apr, 2022 | 9:15am

Keith Hackett reacts to Fashion Sakala penalty incident in Rangers win v Motherwell

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 backed Nick Walsh after his decision to hand Rangers a penalty against Motherwell on Saturday.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that Bevis Mugabi had tripped Fashion Sakala, with the referee in a great position, as shown on BBC Sportscene.

Kris Boyd joked after the game that he was waiting for Motherwell fans to blame Walsh for the result, but Hackett had no complaints.

“He’s tripped him,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“I’m giving a penalty kick for that, again, the referee is in a good position.

“He’s taken him out.”

No complaints.

How anyone could complain that this wasn’t a penalty, clear doesn’t understand much about the game.

You can clearly see that Mugabi tripped Sakala, and his second movement towards the ball emphasised that.

Hackett is spot on with his judgement yet again, and this is a scenario where officials such as Walsh need to be praised.

This always happens when big decisions go in the favour of the Bears, it was the exact same in the win over Celtic the previous week.

With VAR coming in, the best way this specific foul can be evaluated is that it surely wouldn’t have been overturned – there can’t be complaints.

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