Mclean stunned by Connor Goldson incident in Rangers defeat v Union Saint-Gilloise as video footage emerges
Aaron Mclean cannot believe Union Saint-Gilloise were awarded a penalty against Rangers in their 2-0 Champions League qualifier win on Tuesday night.
After a lengthy VAR review, referee Irfan Peljto pointed to the spot and booked Connor Goldson for a handball.
Dante Vanzeir stepped up and scored the controversial spot-kick.
Former Peterborough and Hull striker Mclean, who’s now a pundit for Sky Sports, failed to hide his shock at the decision on social media.
“One of the worst penalty decisions I’ve ever seen just been given against Rangers… WOW,” said Mclean via his personal Twitter account in instant reaction to the controversy on Tuesday (2 August).
We cannot understand how that’s fair.
Goldson had absolutely no chance of getting his arm out of the way because it ricocheted off a teammate before hitting his arm.
Ben Davies made a block to stop a USG shot going towards the goal and the ball instantly hit Goldson’s arm as he also tried to block the shot.
His arms were in an unnatural position but some lee-way needs to be given here because there was no way that was a deliberate handball by the Gers defender.
Still, we deserved to lose that game.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men were rotten and got exactly what they made out of that match in Belgium.
While USG weren’t exactly great, they were a lot better than we were and we have it all to do next week in the second leg at Ibrox.
Van Bronckhorst has to make changes because he cannot keep persisting with playing players who are unfamiliar with the left-sided centre-back role.
Borna Barisic is so weak defensively on the left that he’s caused James Sands and John Souttar to both be in trouble in the last two matches.
A lot needs to change to turn this tie around.
In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportscene pundit was baffled by this incident in the Gers’ win over Livingston.