Chris Sutton takes sarcastic Rangers dig after penalty drama v Napoli
Chris Sutton has made a sarcastic dig at Rangers after Napoli were awarded two penalties in their 2-0 Champions League group stage fixture.
Diego Simeone was brought down by James Sands in the 55th minute which resulted in Allan McGregor saving Piotr Zielinksi’s initial penalty and the retaken penalty after Matteo Politano’s encroachment.
The Serie A side were awarded another penalty when Borna Barisic was punished for handball in the 67th minute.
Sutton took to Twitter during the match to sarcastically highlight that Rangers do get penalties awarded against them in Europe.
He said (14 September): “Rangers get penalties awarded against them at Ibrox…in Europe.”
Not quite sure what Sutton is getting at here, with both penalties clear and obvious for all to see, however, the ruling to allow Napoli to retake the kick after their player encroached is one of the most bizarre rules in the game at the moment.
Allan McGregor’s double penalty save will be a moment for fans to remember for a long time, but ultimately it’s a shame that it wasn’t enough to earn Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side anything from the game.
The veteran keeper was inches away from Politano’s penalty which would’ve seen McGregor complete a hat trick of penalty saves.
Rangers should take plenty of positives from their tussle with Napoli, with van Bronckhorst’s side looking far more energetic and threatening against one of Europe’s most in-form teams.
If a couple of key moments had gone the other way for Rangers then it could’ve been a very different result at Ibrox.
It’s now up to the Rangers boss to use this performance as a platform to build on and get his side back into winning ways on the domestic front.
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