By Keith Hackett

23rd Aug, 2022 | 7:45am

Ex-Fifa official: 22-year-old 'lucky' to escape ban as controversial Antonio Colak footage emerges from Rangers

Keith Hackett has claimed Hibernian defender Rocky Bushiri was “very lucky” not to have been sent off against Rangers on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official said referee Willie Collum gave “the benefit of the doubt” to the 22-year-old at Easter Road.

As shown on Sky Sports (20 August), Bushiri was booked in the first half of Hibs’ 2-2 draw with Rangers after pulling down Antonio Colak inside the 18-yard box.

Referee Willie Collum branded Bushiri a yellow card for the foul on the Rangers striker.

Gers captain James Tavernier converted from the spot in a game which saw John Lundstram and Alfredo Morelos sent off in the second half.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the penalty incident at Easter Road, Hackett said: “I think the player is very lucky to only get a yellow.

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“The referee can only assume that the goalkeeper is going to get there first. There was no attempt to play the ball.

“I think he was very lucky to stay on the field of play.

“It is a judgement call from the referee. He is in a good position to be fair. The defender got the benefit of the doubt.

“This is a very experienced referee. I think he is an outstanding referee, to be honest. I would support his call because of that. It could have gone either way though.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Alfredo Morelos ‘looks lost’ at Rangers as ‘professionalism’ is questioned.