By Mike Slater

17th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett urges Rangers to interrogate officials ahead of Europa League final v Eintracht Frankfurt

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 urged Rangers to look through the past performances of the match officials for the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The ex-FIFA official admitted he is amazed at how little research clubs can do on the referees before such big games as they can make themselves centre-stage with decisions.

Slovenian referee Slavko Vinčić has been placed in charge in Seville, after being the fourth official in last season’s final between Villareal and Manchester United.

“I think it is an interesting appointment,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“UEFA do take great care in whom they’re appointing, and what I suggest Rangers do, as most teams do, is interrogate this referees’ performances in the competition.

“This is what amazes me about football clubs, they forget the massive influences that referees can have on a game – is this a referee who allows a little bit? Is he pedantic? Is he quick with cards? You never know which interference comes from UEFA.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will likely be telling his squad to concentrate on the game.

Hackett does make a good point, an early tackle to let your opponent know you are there may not result in a booking in Scotland, but it could leave you walking on a tightrope for 85 minutes on Wednesday evening.

Looking into these things could be critical, and if Vinčić is deemed to be lenient then we could see plenty more risks and challenges being made in the early stages in Seville.

Either way, we’re going to see a full-blooded performance from the squad, and we hope that is enough to get two hands on that huge piece of silverware at the end of the night.

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