By Keith Hackett

5th Sep, 2022 | 11:23am

Ex-Fifa official: Connor Goldson should get extended ban as Rangers footage emerges

Keith Hackett has insisted Connor Goldson was “lucky” to escape a red card for Rangers after their 4-0 defeat to Celtic on Saturday (3 August).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official insisted the referee had “no chance” of spotting the incident despite being in a “good position”.

As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme (3 September), Celtic winger Jota is tackled by John Lundstram and falls into Goldson elbows Jota in the face.

Referee Nick Walsh stopped play but Goldson was unpunished for the challenge.

In April, the Scottish clubs voted in favour of introducing VAR to the SPFL.

The technology will come into play after the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

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The Scottish league will use the same Hawkeye Innovation System that is currently in place in the English competition.

The introduction was delayed until after the World Cup to allow for necessary upgrades and installations in Scottish stadiums.

Hackett said the video technology would have been used to effect on Saturday.

It happened so quickly and the player is very clever,” he said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

He’s definitely used his elbow against his opponent. And he’s got away with it because the referee, who’s in a good position, has no chance of seeing that.

We can see it, I can see it after about two or three replays. He’s done it, and it’s subtle and clever but VAR after the World Cup will find him. He’s lucky to not receive a red card.

In other news, Alan Hutton has told Alfredo Morelos to ‘screw his head on’ after Rangers talks.