The SPFL must sort this glaring issue immediately - it keeps costing Rangers
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Poor refereeing decisions yet again cost Rangers points

While poor finishing played a role in last night’s draw at Hibs, another aspect undoubtedly contributed to the result.

The standard of officiating.

Referees have done Rangers no favours this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet again, blatantly incorrect decisions cost Rangers.

Firstly, simple, small-scale decisions were consistently given against them. In both halves, clear deflections which should have resulted in corners for Rangers were missed by the officials.

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Referee, Craig Thompson, was also inexplicably lenient with Hibs’ centre-back, Ryan Porteous. He recklessly dived into challenges right from the off, yet somehow avoided a booking until the 80th minute.

The challenge that earned him that caution was a disgraceful lunge on Lassana Coulibaly. The teenager made no attempt whatsoever to play the ball and should have received his marching orders.

Porteous was heavy handed throughout and extremely lucky to stay on the pitch. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet, the worst call was yet to come.

In the closing stages, Mark Milligan actively used his arm in the area, to block Morelos’ shot.

Amazingly, an alternative camera angle showed that referee Thompson was looking directly at the incident. However, inexplicably, he failed to award a penalty, instead pointing for a corner.

Standard must improve

Thompson has officiated matches involving the world’s biggest players, but got so many calls wrong last night. (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

This isn’t the first instance of poor refereeing effecting the Gers. An incorrect offside decision cost them the spoils against Dundee, while there was also a bizarre dismissal for Daniel Candeias, against St Mirren.

When challenging for the title, Rangers cannot afford to be undermined week after week by the officials.

The standard is simply not good enough.

If the SPFL insist the cost of VAR to be prohibitive, they need to do something drastic to improve their roster of refs, otherwise the league will become a laughing stock.

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