By Doug Ward

31st Jul, 2022 | 3:10pm

BBC Sportscene pundit baffled by controversy in Rangers v Livingston as Don Robertson stops goal standing

Kenny Miller struggles to see why referee Don Robertson whistled for a foul in favour of Rangers when Livingston had the ball in the back of the net late on at Almondvale.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men won 2-1 on Saturday (30 July) but a late goal by Ayo Obileye didn’t stand due to Robertson stopping play for a foul just before the ball crossed the line.

From a Livi corner, Obileye headed the ball onto the crossbar before it came back, hit him and then beat Gers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Robertson stopped play just before the ball crossed the line but Miller cannot see why the referee did that.

“No, we’re looking hard for the foul,” said Miller on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene show on Saturday night as the footage was shown (30 July, 19m30s).

“Was it the one on the first instance with Jon Nouble or was it on Connor Goldson?

“You see Goldson is the one, I think. Sean Kelly puts a hand on him and Connor makes that movement as if he has been pushed.

“But when you see it on the replay and you really focus in on it, it was really soft so I think Rangers dodged a bullet there.

“He headed it off the bar it came back and it hit him and went in so they dodged a bullet there with that.

“But over the piece, I think Rangers deserved the three points.”

Lucky escape

There wasn’t a foul there, let’s be honest.

Goldson wasn’t pushed at all, there was just a hand on him and if you’re blowing up for a free-kick for that, we’ll never get to see any football in any matches across the world.

VAR wouldn’t have stopped that goal from being ruled out either as Robertson stopped play before the ball crossed the line, meaning that he didn’t disallow a goal for Livi.

Once VAR is in use, Robertson and his refereeing colleagues will have to hold up for a moment before blowing their whistle to ensure that play is played out before a decision gets made.

Rangers did dodge a bullet, as Miller said, but they were also worthy winners and on another day, they would have smashed three, four or more against Livi.

We’ll get better and we don’t really have any concerns about the performance.

Borna Barisic’s defensive weakness and the fact John Souttar isn’t a left-sided centre-back is a small cause for concern but there are things that can be done to turn that supposed weakness into a strength.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart slammed this Gers star for his “uncomfortable” performance against Livingston.