By Keith Hackett

13th Jun, 2022 | 3:39pm

Ex-Fifa official: Steven Davis guilty after controversial footage emerges at Rangers

Rangers’ Steven Davis knew he was guilty when he gave away a penalty as Northern Ireland in their 3-2 loss to Kosovo last week (9 June), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official praised referee Jakob Kehlet for his body language when he gave the decision against Davis.

After just eight minutes, the Northern Ireland captain came together with Vedat Muriqi just inside the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

Muriqi converted from the spot to give his side a 1-0 lead and they doubled their lead just 10 minutes later.

He scored again in the second half but goals from Shayne Lavery and Daniel Ballard meant Northern Ireland felt they had a chance to get something from the game before their eventual defeat.

“I think the referee is in a really good position, he’s viewed it and sold the decision positively,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“You can see by the reaction of the player he knows that it’s a penalty. It’s nailed on.

“It’s a really good piece of refereeing. I liked his reaction, he remained calm and sold the decision with positive body language and his movement towards the penalty mark.

“It’s a careless challenge by the defender and this is the risk.”

Davis signed a new one-year contract with Rangers last month (31 May) and is set to play his 10th season at Ibrox across two spells.

He will have the opportunity to add to his 343 appearances for the Gers across all competitions.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has lambasted Rangers and Jon McLaughlin as money-grabbing footage emerges.