Ref missed something else during offside goal - rivals won't like this
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Forget Morelos offside goal, should Rangers have had a penalty?

If Rangers going top of the Scottish Premiership wasn’t enough to send some into meltdown, the Alfredo Morelos offside goal certainly was.

Rangers beat Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle to put us back to where we belong after seven long years. Long may Rangers’ rise under Steven Gerrard continue.

But whilst everyone from Craig Levein to Michael Stewart seethe, should Rangers also be aggrieved?

There looked a blatant penalty as James Tavernier swings the ball over from the right.

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The Hearts defender has his arms around the waist of the Rangers man, who looks to be Gareth McAuley. So even if Morelos’ goal hadn’t stood, Rangers should’ve still had a chance to score from the spot.

Try telling that to anyone who’s upset with Rangers winning and going top. “You’d be giving 20 a game” or “it would’ve been soft”. Fair enough, but it looks a penalty.

There has been a huge outpouring of criticism following the Morelos goal. What’s crazy is that there isn’t anywhere near the same reaction if he has a goal incorrectly chalked off.

The attitude changes from “disgraceful decision making” to “the referees have a tough job”.

Craig Levein was livid after the match. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The refs were poor, but not biased. Coulibaly could’ve had his leg broken from a horror challenge. There also might’ve been a Morelos offside goal, but he was also flagged up when clean through later in the game.

These are minor details to many, but important ones over the piece.

Yes, the goal was offside. But should Rangers have had a penalty anyway?

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