By Liam Thomas

6th Mar, 2023 | 4:10pm

BBC Sportscene pundit reacts to Rangers penalty incident v Kilmarnock as footage emerges

BBC Sportscene pundit Richard Foster reacted to the decision to award Rangers a penalty against Kilmarnock in their 3-1 win at Ibrox on 4 March.

Foster reckons it was an “unlucky” handball for Kilmarnock to give away but confessed that the decision to award the penalty, which went to VAR for Willy Collum to check was spot on.

Rangers captain James Tavernier converted the resulting spot kick as the Gers bounced back from their disappointing ViaPlay cup final defeat to Celtic.

“This is another one for me, the defender there is not a lot he can do but the ball bounces up and hits his arm,” said Foster on BBC Sports’s The VARdict. (6 March, 7ms 00s)

“There I think he is even more unlucky, If the ball goes past him I think Colak’s got a chance of getting on the end of it, so again gone to VAR and I think they’ve got that one spot on, that is a penalty.”

Pivotal weeks ahead.

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Michael Beale has enjoyed a solid start to life at Ibrox, gaining a possible 34 points from the 36 on offer in the Scottish Premiership.

Nevertheless, the job at Ibrox still remains a massive one and closing the gap between the Light Blues and Celtic will ultimately be how Beale is judged.

Right now, Rangers are strides behind their Glasgow rivals and the club must invest in the squad in the summer months to combat this growing gap.

Clinching some silverware in the form of the Scottish Cup would go a long way for the board to maybe back Beale just that bit further come the summer.

Unfortunately, the Scottish Premiership seems out of the grasp of Beale for now and he may have to settle for a domestic cup, something which isn’t too bad at all.

Failure to do that and the pressure will certainly be rising at Ibrox with tensions between the fans and board already near a scary boiling point.

In other Rangers news, the club are in line for a multi-million windfall from the Premier League after a £10m Auchenhowie milestone was reached.