By Mike Slater

16th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett: Leon King lucky not to hand Hearts penalty v Rangers

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 Hearts would have had a penalty against Rangers had Barrie McKay have gone down under pressure from Leon King.

The ex-FIFA referee admitted that attackers will never get a decision if they stay on their feet, though, pointing out that King had gotten away with one.

BBC Sportscene highlighted the incident, with the ball ending up in the arms of Jon McLaughlin with no real complaints from the home side at Tynecastle.

“Well, clearly the defender has got his arms and pushes him,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“If there is ever a signal to referee that they’ve not done it, but have done it, it’s the reaction. You know fully that he has pushed the player, he’s stayed on his feet, he’s not getting the penalty.

“This is clearly why coaches in the game say to their players in a situation like this to go down, because if he stays on his feet, the reality is, he’s not going to get it. The defender got away with one.”

Surely not.

King got himself back into a tremendous position after it looked as though McKay was through on goal.

The former Gers man had left Leon Balogun in the dust and looked to be clean through before the young defender but him under great pressure and the ball ended up with McLaughlin.

With VAR coming into the game though, these types of decisions could soon lead to players going down more to try and win something or get the technology to overrule the officials.

Rangers are usually not on the end of these decisions, with their attacking dominance leading to many penalties of their own throughout the season.

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