Dermot Gallagher gives his verdict on key decisions in Rangers clash v Hamilton
By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Saturday official John Beaton got one decision right and one wrong in Rangers’ win against Hamilton.
The Ibrox giants ran out an emphatic 6-0 victory at their famous home, which started off with a penalty awarded to Jon Toral and was then converted by Martyn Waghorn.
Gallagher believes there was a foul on the Spanish midfielder and the referee was correct to award the spot kick to the Gers.
However, he thought that second half hat-trick hero Joe Garner was lucky to stay on the pitch after a late challenge on Accies attacker Dougie Imrie.
“It’s a foul,” started Gallagher, first speaking about the penalty awarded to Toral on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Premier League Daily show.
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“The referee’s wise just to wait just in case and what you don’t want to see is a player kick the ball in the back of the net when, but he’s got his heel and I think it’s a penalty.”
Before moving onto the official’s decision for Garner’s yellow card: “Red card and he wouldn’t have got the match ball because he got a hat-trick didn’t he.
Beaton’s decisions came under severe scrutiny following the Gers’ big victory and one particular critic was outspoken pundit and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton.
However, Rangers fans will be sure to remember a number of decisions that have gone against them this campaign and they will now be focused on their side’s semi-final clash at Hampden against their fierce Glaswegian rivals.
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