Keith Hackett: Benjamin Siegrist fortunate not to get red card in Rangers win v Dundee United
Keith Hackett has insisted that Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist was fortunate not to get a red card against Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
The ex-FIFA official admitted that the referee may have given a yellow as he deemed it as a genuine attempt for the ball before James Tavernier smashed home the spot kick.
Siegrist brought down Fashion Sakala after a chipped through ball by Aaron Ramsey, after the game was locked in a stalemate at Ibrox for quite some time.
“I think that what the referee has done has judged that he’s made a genuine attempt for the ball,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.
“That’s the only reason it could be a yellow, did he? I think the referee has given the goalkeeper the benefit of the doubt, and he is quite fortunate to be staying on.
“He’s done that, in fairness, his interpretation of a genuine attempt to play the ball. It’s a very difficult one because it’s subjective, you can’t read the mind of the goalkeeper, you can only read the action.”
Sakala uses his pace as a real weapon, and he was far too quick for Siegrist.
The main question is whether or not the Zambian international would have scored had he not been touched by the goalkeeper before doing just that.
It was an awful challenge, and the replays on BBC Sportscene show that it oculd have caused an injury if there was more force through the collision.
It should not take a potential serious injury to make fouls red cards, and Siegrist can definitely count his lucky stars that he is not suspended for the rest of the season.
In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season