By Doug Ward

3rd Aug, 2022 | 9:10am

Ex-Celtic striker Tony Watt blasts penalty decision in Rangers defeat v Union Saint-Gilloise

Former Celtic player Tony Watt admits Rangers were unlucky to concede a penalty against Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium on Tuesday night.

Connor Goldson was booked and a penalty awarded to USG after a lengthy VAR review saw referee Irfan Peljto closely examine a second-half handball by the Ibrox defender.

Dante Vanzeir scored the resulting penalty to help USG win 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier.

After the decision was made on 2 August, ex-Celtic man Watt took to Twitter to slam Peljto’s call, saying: “Worst penalty decision I’ve seen in a while.”

Never a penalty

ESPN journalist Dale Johnson has shared an excerpt from the laws of the game that show why Goldson should not have been penalised for the ball striking his arm.

Goldson and Ben Davies both went to block a shot.

Davies managed the block but the ball shot upwards and hit Goldson’s already-raised arm because he was out of position while trying to make the intervention.

Johnson’s tweet quotes the laws of the game, saying: “Exceptions e.g. the player’s arm is already extended when there is no expectation of the ball coming at, or near, the player from a team-mate.”

Goldson’s arm was already out and the ball was never expected to come back and hit him on the arm after it was blocked by Davies.

He wasn’t even watching the ball for goodness sake.

Rangers can feel really unfortunate here but let’s face it, we didn’t deserve to get anything out of that game.

USG were average but they were so much better than us.

Van Bronckhorst is enduring a slow start to the season with a struggling win over Livingston and now this defeat to USG.

He needs to make amends fast.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportscene pundit was baffled by this incident in the Gers’ win over Livingston.