Dermot Gallagher gives verdict on Rangers penalty incident in Old Firm clash
By Aramide Oladipo
Former referee Dermot Gallagher is convinced that the officials were right to not award Rangers a penalty in the Old Firm derby against Celtic on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox.
Rangers summer signing Alfredo Morelos raced into the penalty box and he went down under the challenge from Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic but referee Craig Thompson refused to point to the spot and ordered play to continue.
The incident took place in the first-half with the scoreline at 0-0 and it proved to be costly for Rangers as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals with Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths scoring after the interval.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sports Now show (September 25, 11:00am), Gallagher believes that it was the right call because the Celtic defender could not move out the way.
“If you look there, he pulls his leg away, he’s got nowhere to go the player,” he said.
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“The player (Morelos) decides to go over him. I think the Rangers player makes the foul.
“If you see there, he pulls his leg away and the Rangers player has gone over him.
“He’s used the Celtic player as a way to go over but it’s not a foul.”
Pedro Caixinha’s men have only been awarded one penalty in the league this season with summer signing Graham Dorrans converting in the 2-1 win over Motherwell in the opening game of the season.
The result means that Rangers have lost three consecutive Old Firm derbies in all competitions.
The Gers will look to bounce back when they face an away trip to Hamilton on Friday evening.
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