By Alan Hutton

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:00pm

Hutton issues emphatic Borna Barisic verdict as Rangers controversy analysed

Alan Hutton has fully backed referee Kevin Clancy’s decision not to penalise Rangers defender Borna Barisic for his coming together with Dundee United forward Tony Watt.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers and Scotland right-back said there was “not enough whatsoever” for Watt, 28, to go down and win a penalty.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side closed the gap on Celtic with a 2-1 win over the Terrors on Saturday (17 September).

As shown by SPFL (17 September), Watt went down in the 18-yard box under minimal contact from Rangers left-back Barisic in the second half of the game at Ibrox.

Referee Kevin Clancy waved played on despite protests from the Dundee United players.

When asked by Football Insider if the officials came to the right decision, Hutton said: “Tony Watt makes a good run in behind Barisic.

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“He gets the wrong side of him. Barisic has sometimes struggled defending one on one or when the ball goes in behind.

“There is the slightest touch from Barisic on Watt’s back. It is not enough whatsoever for Watt to fall over in the way he did. I understand that he is trying to gain an advantage at Ibrox.

“It was totally the right decision for me.”

Barisic has made 13 appearances across all competitions in the 2022-23 campaign.

Next up for the Teddy Bears is a trip to Hearts on 1 October.

In other news, a pundit has told Rangers to U-turn on their pursuit of Gary Cahill after a transfer update from a journalist.