BBC pundit thinks referee made Rangers penalty howler v Killie
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BBC pundit thinks referee made Rangers penalty howler v Killie

BBC pundit James McFadden thinks referee Don Robertson should have awarded Rangers a penalty against Kilmarnock yesterday as the Gers restored their 21-point lead at the top of the Premiership.

Ryan Jack scored the only goal of the game with a stunning volley but McFadden thinks the Light Blues should have been awarded a spot-kick when Rory MacKenzie brought James Tavernier down inside the area – but Robertson waved play on.

McFadden thinks Rangers should have had a penalty. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McFadden believes the Kilmarnock star made enough contact to put Tavernier off and insists that he wasn’t going for the ball, leaving Robertson no option but to point to the spot.

“I think Tavernier can just step onto it and Rory MacKenzie comes through the back,” McFadden said [BBC Sportscene]

“It depends, I mean we keep talking about how much contact there is but, for me, there is enough to put James Tavernier off.

“He’s not going for the ball.”

Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith concurred, insisting it was a penalty for Rangers and thinks the Kilmarnock star was trying to be “cute,” saying: “MacKenzie is not going for the ball and he is in the wrong position at the end when the ball comes across.

“He’s trying to be cute but at the end of the day it is a penalty.”

Ryan Jack celebrates with Tavernier after scoring their side’s first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Celtic in action later this afternoon, the win restored the 21-point gap at the top of the Premiership as the Light Blues moved within four wins of the title.

One of Gerrard’s deadline day signings caught the eye yesterday as the Light Blues eased past Kilmarnock at Ibrox