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‘Worst’: Tony Watt puts Old Firm rivalry aside to sympathise with Rangers after 2-0 defeat

Rangers were victims of a hugely controversial penalty decision against them on Tuesday night as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium…

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Rangers were victims of a hugely controversial penalty decision against them on Tuesday night as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium – and Celtic hero Tony Watt has sympathised with the Ibrox club.

With Celtic already in the Champions League group stages, Rangers are tasked with winning two Champions League qualifying ties in order to reach the same level. Their first opponents, Belgian outfit Union Saint-Gilloise.

But they lost 2-0 on Tuesday night, with a performance that was unusually flat for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men. While it was a poor outing, USG were given a penalty in the second half – that seemed incredibly harsh.

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A shot was blocked by Ben Davies, at point blank, and the ball ricocheted into Connor Goldson’s out-stretched arm. Impossible to know, or get out of the way, Goldson did handle. A penalty was given and USG went 2-0 up.

It is a decision that has obviously angered Rangers fans, and left the neutral dumbfounded. Ex-Celtic striker Watt even put Old Firm rivalry aside to defend Rangers, questioning how it could be given as a penalty.

Worst penalty decision I’ve seen in a while — Tony Watt (@32watto) August 2, 2022

Watt has sympathised with Rangers penalty decision

It is a ridiculous decision. Yes, the rules are different on the European stage to what is considered to be a handball in the Premier League – and Scottish Premiership. But how can Goldson get out of the way? He would have to be magic.

There is no chance Goldson even knows it is going to hit his hand. If the USG player shoots and hits Goldson’s hand directly, then yes, there is a stronger case for a penalty. But it comes off Davies, and Goldson is looking the other way.

Ultimately, this could prove the difference between Rangers achieving Champions League football – and going into the Europa League again. It could cost them huge amounts of cash. UEFA have got to look at the rules currently in place.

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