Rangers expert fumes at official after analysing controversial footage
Referee Antonio Lahoz made Rangers v Napoli all about himself on a controversial night at Ibrox.
That’s according to ex-Gers boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after another European loss for his former side.
Rangers lost 3-0 to Napoli on Wednesday (14 September) meaning the club are yet to pick up a point in the Champions League group stage this season.
James Sands was shown a second yellow for a foul on Giovanni Simeone, resulting in the awarding of a second-half penalty.
The penalty was made to be retaken after Allan McGregor saved the initial effort but conceded the rebound, though the veteran also saved the second attempt.
A third penalty was awarded by Lahoz and scored by Napoli as the visitors went on to claim all three points, a result which left McLeish fuming with the referees’ performance.
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“I thought at the time that it [the first penalty] was soft,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.
“But when you see the replays, that’s when the referee did well to keep up with the game. I wasn’t sure about the ref, I think he was trying to make it all about him during the game.
“That penalty, I think he just about got it right. The defender did clip his ankle and I think it was the right award.
“It was the going down to ten men, Rangers were out on their feet and the Italians deserved to win.”
The Gers have to face Liverpool home and away before their second games against Napoli and Ajax.
Rangers are next in action against Dundee United on Saturday (17 September).