Former Rangers defender Richard Foster thinks Dundee United keeper Benji Siegrist should have been shown a straight red for his “knee-height” challenge of Fashion Sakala that won the Light Blues a penalty in yesterday’s 2-0 Ibrox win.

The Arabs keeper cleaned out the Rangers forward as he chased a delightful pass into the box and there was no disputing the award of the spot-kick.

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While referee Steven McLean only flashed a yellow at the keeper, Foster thinks the keeper was incredibly lucky to stay on the pitch as he blasted the “dangerous” challenge on the Zambian.

“That’s a shocking challenge. If that’s an outfield player, it’s a straight red all day long,” Foster said on BBC Sportscene.

“I don’t know what Siegrist is thinking there. At no point does it even look like he’s trying to get the ball.

“He absolutely cleans Sakala out, and Sakala is lucky that the leading foot doesn’t catch him because it’s knee-height.

“It’s a quite a dangerous tackle.”

Rangers star deserved penalty but red card may have been harsh on Siegrist

There’s no doubt that Rangers deserved a penalty for Siegrist’s challenge on Sakala but a red might have been a little harsh on the keeper.

However, had he been sent off, there would have been few complaints as Rangers picked up a comfortable three points as they prepare for the Europa League final.

With two more games before Rangers head to Seville, the Light Blues will just be happy to get through them with no injuries and no dropped points.

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