By Keith Hackett

17th Aug, 2022 | 11:23am

Ex-Uefa official: Rangers profit from major controversy as Antonio Colak footage emerges

Rangers’ second goal in their 4-0 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday (13 August) should have been disallowed for offside, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Uefa and Premier League referee insisted the assistant referee should have spotted Antonio Colak was in an offside position when he received the ball.

Colak prodded home from 12 yards after the ball fell to him following a Rabbi Matondo tackle.

As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, Matondo challenged his opponent just inside the St. Johnstone penalty box and the ball fell to Colak who was a yard beyond the final defender before finishing.

The assistant referee was left beyond the line of play after the tackle and therefore did not raise his flag.

Hackett has claimed that VAR would have intervened and disallowed the goal if it was in operation.

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He said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Ultimately at the end of the day, this is offside.

“I’m surprised that the assistant referee didn’t give offside. I think the decision is wrong. This is where VAR would come in and rectify.

“The assistant referee should be able to spot this, that is his job.”

Colak took his goal tally for Rangers to four after his strike in the 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League play-off first leg at Ibrox on Tuesday (16 August)

The Croatia international, 28, moved to the Gers from PAOK in the summer and has signed a three-year deal with his new club.

In other news, Borna Barisic has been backed to join a “top” Championship club after a Rangers update.