By Sam Stone

22nd Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

BBC Sportscene pundit reacts to Rangers penalty incident v St Johnstone as footage emerges, it 'got people talking'

BBC Sportscene pundit Richard Foster believes St Johnstone should have had a penalty in the first half of their Scottish Cup fourth-round defeat to Rangers.

James Brown appeared to be caught by Ryan Kent in the penalty area but opted to stay on his feet instead of going to ground.

Foster has suggested there was “definitely” contact and that the referee would probably have given the penalty had the St Johnstone man thrown himself to the floor.

“There’s definitely contact and if he goes down the referee probably gives it,” said Foster (BBC Sportscene, 14m 10s, 21 January).

“Kent tried to pull out of the tackle and it’s the fact that James Brown went across him and you can see there’s definitely contact and if he goes down it’s probably a penalty.”

Sportscene host Amy Irons replied: “It certainly got people talking.”

Got away with one

The sad reality in modern football is that the rules and interpretations of referees mean diving has become commonplace. Grounds had every right to hit the deck after being clipped by Kent and was ultimately punished for being honest.

Rangers can count themselves lucky after this incident. Referees must start awarding free-kicks and penalties when players attempt to stay on their feet but are still impeded by an opposition player.

The win at McDiarmid Park was the latest in the long list of positive results since Michael Beale’s arrival at the club. It was by no means a walk in the park, but the Gers have coped with some problematic scenarios well in recent weeks.

Furthermore, the former QPR boss has been able to shuffle his squad around in recent weeks – and ensure players are seeing adequate amounts of gametime. The Light Blues will be looking to keep the pressure on Celtic as St Johnstone travel to Ibrox on Saturday (28 January).

In other Rangers news,  the Gers are expected to sign this “World Cup star” in January.