By Keith Hackett

1st Aug, 2022 | 8:05pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Rangers profit from major injustice as controversial Connor Goldson footage analysed

Livingston should not have had a goal disallowed in the closing stages of their 2-1 defeat to Rangers on Saturday (30 July), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Sean Kelly’s push on Connor Goldson was not a foul.

As shown on Sportscene, Don Robertson blew for a foul on Goldson shortly before Livi had the ball in the back of the net through Ayo Obileye’s header.

Rangers had got themselves in front after conceding early on but Hackett has claimed they were lucky to not be pegged back by the home side.

He said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Look, in England and presumably in Scotland, they have decided they are going to tighten up on fouls – they certainly have in England.

“The player has got his hands out. This is the dilemma isn’t it? Do we allow contact to be made?

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“Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s the referee’s judgement.

“I didn’t see that as a push but he’s got his arms out so he’s left himself open to scrutiny by the referee.

“We’ve got to get to a point where we shouldn’t be ruling goals out.

“Was it a push? It looked like a harsh punishment to have a goal ruled out in that situation.”

Rangers are next in action on Tuesday (2 August) when they travel to Belgium for their Champions League qualifier with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

They then face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday (6 August).

In other news, Borna Barisic’s Rangers career may be over after a “cracking” deal is agreed.