By George Overhill

8th Oct, 2022 | 3:48pm

Chris Sutton reacted sarcastically to the fact that Rangers were awarded a penalty in the first half against St Mirren to go 2-0 up.

Opening goal scorer Antonio Colak was brought down at the near post by Declan Gallagher midway through the half, which captain James Tavernier duly stepped up and dispatched in the 30th minute, with Alan Hutton surprised the spot kick was given.

Sutton was unsurprisingly not amused to see it given and was shouted down by fellow pundits when he made his feelings known.

Speaking live on BT Sport Score on Saturday afternoon (8 October, 3.30pm) Hutton said: “I genuinely thought it was going to be given as a corner. Gallagher got a touch on the ball. I’ve not seen all the angles but penalty given.”

Robbie Savage then went to Sutton for his take, who said: “Well they get penalties don’t they.”

Amid laughter and shouts from the rest of the panel he added: “Interesting isn’t it, in the Champions League how many penalties get given against them but not in Scotland.”

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Of course Sutton would feel that way whoever the Gers were playing, but considering his former club Celtic fell to a shock defeat to St Mirren on 18 September he may have been feeling extra irritated.

Once Colak scored yet again to put the home side ahead in the 4th minute it immediately settled any nerves and cut the chances of a similar surprise result.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst needed to a result because the Hoops had rescued a late win at St Johnstone just before the kick off, and he has received a comfortable performance in the first half.

Assuming they close the result out, which the 2-0 scoreline at the half suggests they really should, they will remain two points behind their rivals at the top.

With the dispiriting results in the Champions League, this sort of game back at Ibrox in the SPFL is exactly what the Light Blues need to restore some order.

With the likes of Ryan Kent dropped and Fashion Sakala brought in there is an opportunity for a few players to stake a claim for further involvement as well, and so far they are doing a solid job.

In other Rangers news, a new three-year contract has stopped one player leaving for free in the summer.