A clip from Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final appears to show Rangers star Allan McGregor issue a warning about St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark, just before the keeper played a big role in the visitors’ late equaliser [The Scottish Cup YouTube].
James Tavernier looked to have booked the Gers’ place at Hampden with a header deep into extra time.
However, the Saints didn’t give up and from a 122nd-minute corner, an unmarked Clark headed towards goal, with his effort helped over the line by Chris Kane.
The goal took the game to penalties and Rangers never really got going in the shootout, with James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe both having their efforts saved in a 4-2 defeat.
It seems all of that could have been avoided, though, had McGregor’s teammates responded to his warning.
Saints keeper Clark headed up for the corner in a last-ditch attempt to get his side back into the contest and he jogged straight into the six-yard box without being followed by a home player.
Realising this, McGregor appears to repeatedly point and possibly bark out orders regarding the player wearing the fluorescent green jersey, before the corner is taken (5:54 in the video).
Yet, no one responds to the veteran and as a result, Clark is totally unmarked when the ball is eventually delivered.
McGregor saw it coming, but none of those who weren’t already picking up an opponent put their hand up when they were needed and Rangers suffered as a result.
In other news, the SFA reportedly tried to pull off a late Ibrox move following the Gers’ exit.