By Alan Hutton

22nd Sep, 2022 | 11:37am

Ryan Jack lucky to escape punishment as controversial Rangers footage analysed - Hutton

Alan Hutton has suggested Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack was lucky not to be penalised for his strong challenge on Dundee United’s Liam Smith.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers and Scotland full-back said the decision “could have gone either way” at Ibrox on Saturday (17 September).

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side closed the gap on league-leaders Celtic with a 2-1 win over Dundee United.

As shown by SPFL (17 September), Terrors right-back Liam Smith was left clutching his leg after a high tackle from Ryan Jack in the first half.

Referee Kevin Clancy did not adjudge the Gers midfielder to have committed a foul and the game was allowed to carry on.

When asked by Football Insider if Jack should have been penalised for the challenge on Smith, Hutton said: “Look, that is something that is in Jack’s game.

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“He does tend to go in very fierce with his challenges. I don’t think you will ever get that out of his game. That is part of him.

“That challenge was one that could have gone either way. It is the sort of tackle that will probably be looked at by VAR when it comes in next year.

“The thing is, it is difficult for the referee to make an instant decision when it is happening at such pace. When you look back at it, it could have gone either way.”

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