By Pranav Shahaney

18th Sep, 2022 | 10:43am

Michael Stewart jumps to surprising Rangers defence after footage emerges from Dundee United win

Michael Stewart believes that Rangers deserved to have both the decisive calls go in their favour in the 2-1 win over Dundee United on Saturday.

There were two big penalty shouts from United which, if given, would’ve turned the game on its head and possibly handed Gers their fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

However, referee Kevin Clancy waved off both protests and ensured that the visitors did not benefit from soft decisions in an important SPFL clash.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene, having viewed the footage of both calls, Stewart said, “That one (first incident) was soft, Tony Watt is goal side of Borna Barisic, and throws himself down.

“That one (first incident) was soft, Tony Watt is goal side of Borna Barisic, and throws himself down.

“This one (Tillman on McGrath), you can understand why McGrath goes down because there is contact. That could easily be given, but you watch the replay here, Malik Tillman manages to get his foot in front, it flicks up the ball, it’s a slight touch on the ball, but it’s enough, it’s not a penalty.

“That could easily been given, the referee could have been blindsided and might not have seen the touch on the ball.”

Surprising

Usually, Stewart is the first one to call out Rangers for being favoured by the referees and this was the perfect chance to do it.

The Watt one clearly looked like a dive so that was hard to argue about, but the second one was undoubtedly a 50-50 call.

Had the penalty been given, Gers fans would not have liked it, but would’ve understood why Clancy would point to the spot for that one.

However, to Stewart’s credit, he lays down the law properly and says why Tillman should not have been punished for that, which is the right thing.

That being said, Rangers did ride their luck at times during this game and they’ve got to be more convincing against teams lower down the table.

Celtic would’ve convincingly beaten this United side by three or four goals and those are the kinds of performances we expect from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men as well.

In other Rangers news, the club now had a record-breaking striker on trial at Ibrox and he’s gone on to make headlines in the United Kingdom.