Ex-Uefa official: Rangers victims of major injustice as controversial Antonio Colak footage analysed
Antonio Colak’s goal in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Livingston on Saturday (30 July) should not have been disallowed for offside, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee accused the assistant referee of guessing when he raised his flag.
As shown on Sportscene, Colak thought he had scored on his competitive debut for the Gers when he headed in a cross from Ryan Kent in the second half.
However, the assistant then raised his flag as the 28-year-old wheeled away in celebration.
“For me, I think this is a guess by the assistant – it’s too close to call with the naked eye” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’ve got a clearer view and I’m not so sure that player is offside. I think this is an incorrect call. That goal should not have been disallowed.
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“This is the dilemma. It’s the sort of decision he’s expected to make but if you notice he’s not quite in line with play.
“If I look from the camera angle, the shoulder of the yellow defender on the nearside is playing the white striker onside.
“For me, I think it’s a goal that should have been allowed to stand.
“He sees a lot of the player in white and less of the one in yellow. It’s exaggerated by the fact he’s not in line with play.
“I think VAR might have helped.”
Colak moved to Rangers from Greek side PAOK FC for a reported £1.8million fee this summer.
He has signed a three-year contract at Ibrox and is the club’s current first-choice striker with Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe injured.