By Alan Hutton

4th Aug, 2022 | 12:58pm

Rangers idol fumes as Connor Goldson controversy analysed - 'it's really poor'

Alan Hutton has slammed the decision to award a penalty to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise as Rangers lost 2-0 in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday (2 August).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender said it was a “poor decision” to penalise Connor Goldson.

In Rangers’ attempt to block a shot from Union, the ball took a deflection off the leg of Ben Davies and hit the hand of Goldson who was standing in close proximity to his teammate.

The incident was reviewed by VAR and after consulting the pitchside monitor, Bosnian referee Irfan Peljto pointed to the spot.

Dante Vanzeir converted the penalty to put the home side 2-0 in front.

As quoted by the Rangers Review (3 August), Giovanni van Bronckhorst said it was a “really cheap” penalty.

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The manager added that there was “nothing more” his side could have done to prevent the handball.

Hutton said the decision didn’t follow the interpretation of the hand ball rules.

“I think it was harsh,” he told Football Insider correspondent Charlotte Cohen.

“I think it was a poor decision. There’s always been this grey area when it comes to handballs in the box and they’ve tried to sort it out but it still seems to be there.

When you go to close down a ball in the box, your arms are down by your sides, it takes a deflection and my interpretation of the rules is if it takes a deflection and then hits you that it’s not a handball.

The thing was when it hits Goldson on the hand it’s not even going in the direction of the goal. It’s going away from goal so for me I think it’s a poor decision.

I think obviously when you saw the referee getting word in his ear and going to the screen, you knew it was going to be given. It was in a period of the game where it was crucial. Obviously they’ll go on and score and all of a sudden it’s 2-0.

But overall I think it was a really poor decision from the referee.

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