By Doug Ward

15th Sep, 2022 | 11:10am

Napoli had their first penalty retaken because Rangers also had a player encroaching in the box, former Premier League referee Peter Walton has told Darrell Currie.

Piotr Zielinski’s first penalty was saved by Allan McGregor but a rebound was scored by Matteo Politano.

However, the penalty had to be retaken because not only did Polatino make his way into the box before Zielinski struck the ball, James Tavernier did too.

McGregor saved the retaken penalty despite the confusion and BT Sport host Currie shared what former FIFA official Walton told him after the game ended.

“Bizarrely, it’s retaken and I’ll tell you why, it’s because Peter Walton has told us tonight that two players are encroaching in the box – an attacker and a defender,” said Currie after the game on BT Sport 4 (14 September, 10:06pm).

“Therefore, automatically, even though it was a Napoli player who had the advantage from going in the box, the penalty should be retaken.

“It’s a strange one.”

Fair enough

At the end of the day, the decision for the penalty to be retaken didn’t matter as McGregor – the legend – saved it anyway.

He came close to saving a third penalty of the match later on when Politano did eventually score from the spot following Borna Barisic’s handball.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be but it just goes to show how important McGregor is to this side and how it was an absolutely insane decision by Giovanni van Bronckhorst to play Jon McLaughlin over him.

How many points have we lost and how many goals have we conceded as a result of van Bronckhorst making McLaughlin his number one for this season?

We cannot understand the decision at all unless McGregor, at the age of 40, wanted to play less this season.

But if that was the case, he shouldn’t have been offered a new contract and a replacement goalkeeper should have been signed up by Ross Wilson and the management.

Rangers’ recruitment has been a mess for a while now and we really do need to see a change otherwise a gap could form again between us and Celtic.

In other Rangers news, a video has highlighted how some fans clashed with police inside Ibrox at the end of the defeat to Napoli.