Rangers extended their unbeaten start under manager Phillipe Clement to seven games with a 1-0 win over Livingston as VAR came in for criticism once again.
James Tavernier missed and scored a penalty either side of Cyrille Dessers’ first-half goal as Rangers closed the gap on Celtic to five points ahead of their game against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon, live on Sky Sports.
The VAR rightly ruled out Conor Goldson’s goal after 14 minutes and awarded Rangers’ second-half penalty for a handball by Nicky Devlin but failed to spot Ross McCausland’s blatant dive for the visitors’ first spot-kick.
“It is a clear dive,” said Sky Sports pundit Chris Sutton. “I don’t understand how the VAR isn’t talking to the ref. He should be cautioned. It was justice from Livingston’s perspective.”
Referee Steve McLean denied McCausland, the 20-year-old, his first Rangers goal at the close of the first half for a soft push by Abdallah Sima in the build-up. “I don’t think it’s a foul and the goal should stand. It’s a brilliant finish,” said Sky Sports pundit James McFadden.
Livingston’s losing run now stretches to five games after another abject display. They are bottom of the Scottish Premiership below Ross County on goal difference.
More to follow…
Livingston’s next Scottish Premiership match is away to St Mirren on November 25. Kick-off 3pm.
Rangers face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on November 26, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 12pm.