By Mike Slater

24th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

Keith Hackett backs Willie Collum after Joe Aribo incident in Rangers win v Hearts

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 Willie Collum for not giving Rangers a penalty against Hearts after Joe Aribo was dragged back before missing a big chance.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that it wasn’t seen as impacting, despite BBC Sportscene pundit Charlie Adam calling it a “stonewall” penalty.

Aribo went on to fire a shot goalwards to force an excellent save from Craig Gordon, something that was seen as an advantage at Hampden Park before the Bears lifted the Scottish Cup.

“I think he’s probably seen the shirt pull as not impacting,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“I think that’s why he’s made the judgement. I do think that Collum is a quality referee and I’m not surprised he gets the big games on a regular basis.

In these big games, he lifts the threshold of tolerance with his own refereeing and I think that makes him a very good referee.”


We get both sides of the argument.

Aribo did easily shrug off the shirt-tug to get his shot away, yet without it, he could have gotten a much cleaner contact and found the back of the net.

Of course, this doesn’t mean as much given that we went on to lift the Scottish Cup with a big win after extra-time goals from Ryan Jack and Scott Wright.

If that didn’t happen, there would have been huge complaints.

With VAR coming into Scotland next season, it will be very interesting to see how this changes the face of officiating, hopefully for the better – with the English game more confusing than ever.

Time will tell.

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