By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Aug, 2022 | 8:10am

Ally McCoist slaughters referee for 'mental' penalty decision in Rangers loss v USG

Ally McCoist tore into Rangers and the referee for their performances in the club’s 2-0 defeat to Union Royale on Tuesday in the Champions League.

The Bears were well beaten in Belgium as their Champions League hopes hang by a thread ahead of the second leg at Ibrox next week, where they must overcome the deficit to set up a clash with either Monaco or PSV Eindhoven for a spot in the group stages.

But McCoist admitted the performance was “very concerning” while appearing on the talkSPORT breakfast show with Alan Brazil [August 3, 6:07] but said the penalty decision for USG’s second goal was “absolutely shocking”.

“I wasn’t going to start with that because I have got to be brutally honest with you, my assessment of the game; Can’t argue with the result at all,” he said.

“Alan we were just about second to everything. Really, really concerning. Very, very poor performance and they deserved what they got really.

“But the penalty decision is absolutely shocking. Shocking. I don’t even know [whose arm it hit] and I’ve watched it. Absolutely terrible decision. The decision was actually as bad as Rangers’ performance to be honest with you.

“I’ve got to balance it by saying that Rangers were really poor and didn’t deserve to take anything out of the game, but that’s what really annoys me about VAR.

“These people.. you’re looking at it. Who in their right mind thinks that is a penalty?

“It baffled me, it absolutely baffled me. I don’t want to take anything away from the result and the performance which was poor and I don’t have a problem with the actual result.

“But that decision.. I mean come on. You’re sitting looking at a monitor. If he saw it in normal time and gave it, I’d have given him a bit more space or leeway. But when you go over to the monitor and then give it? Mental.”


McCoist has pretty much summed this one up perfectly on talkSPORT this morning.

Rangers were absolutely abysmal all night and barely created anything for themselves, against a team that many people considered to be a pretty easy draw en route to the Champions League.

But the penalty decision, while not being the reason for the loss in any way, shape or form, was potentially the worst decision we’ve seen in a long time.

There’s no way in a million years that it should be given as a spot kick and Rangers were hard done by in that moment, but the result was more than fair.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a massive task on his hand to turn this around in just a week, with a big league game against Kilmarnock to come on Saturday too.

Something must give because it has not been a good start to the season so far and this is now his squad.

In other Rangers news, Brian Laudrup bites back at Chris Sutton over “serial loser” remarks