Rangers fans have been reacting to a hilarious tweet from ex-Celtic striker John Hartson after the Ibrox side were awarded a match-winning penalty against Dundee United.

The outspoken former Parkhead star isn’t exactly considered a cerebral powerhouse in the world of Scottish football and his Twitter activity highlights precisely why.

Taking to the social media platform, John Hartson said “there’s a shock” as Rangers were awarded a spot-kick and captain James Tavernier duly converted in a 1-0 win.

Feeding into the utterly delusional conspiracy being peddled in Celtic circles that the referees are all Rangers fans, masons and out to get them, John Hartson assumed the role of “useful idiot” once again to bemoan the call.

That’s despite the fact it was amongst the clearest penalties you’ll see this season as Scott McMann stuck out an arm to handle the ball from a cross into the Dundee United box.


There’s no conjecture here; it’s a stonewaller and you’d at least expect someone in the public eye like Big Bad John Hartson to have a tad more self-awareness before tweeting this stuff.

But alas, in the style of a Celtic dah huffing into his phone and pint on the Gallowgate at about 4:45pm Saturday, buttons were aggressively smashed and character suitably embarrassed in a fleeting moment of seethe.

The Rangers fans can’t thank John Hartson enough for giving them what they all wanted:

The result puts Rangers seven points clear in the Scottish Premiership and it’s clear ex-Celtic stars like John Hartson are getting nervous heading into a vital part of the season.

Rangers have steadied the ship under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and all the pressure is on Celtic to close the gap.

Rangers now have eight days off before their boxing day clash with St Mirren at Ibrox before a double away day header against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and Celtic at Celtic Park.

Rangers fans were rejoicing come the final whistle against Dundee United and eagle eyed supporters spied one off-duty fan enjoying himself at Ibrox.

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