Former Hibs forward and BBC pundit Tam McManus piled in with a somewhat strange take immediately after Rangers’ 4-0 victory over St. Johnstone.
Rangers been by far the better side deservethe win but the officials have missed a blatant St Johnstone goal and a clear offside ? pic.twitter.com/y1gWMY7x0S
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) September 22, 2019
Despite Rangers emerging as comfortable winners on Sunday with four second half goals, the officials far from covered themselves in glory. At 2-0 up, the Gers were denied a stonewall penalty when Murray Davidson blocked a Ryan Jack pass with an outstretched arm.
They then missed Jermain Defoe being offside in the build up to Rangers scoring their fourth, which was one of the incidents McManus felt compelled to tweet about.
However, the officials were seemingly right about St Johnstone’s “blatant” goal – to quote McManus directly. Steven Davis produced two outstanding goal line blocks, with TV footage showing the ball didn’t cross the line.
Manager Steven Gerrard praised both Davis and the officials after the match on BT Sport, via The Daily Record.
Rangers fans, meanwhile, took exception to McManus’ verdict on the refereeing decisions – here’s a look at how they responded on Twitter…
You there Tam ? pic.twitter.com/k92wwgkNvj
— ?????? (@Gregco_) September 22, 2019
No mention of this one though, Tam? pic.twitter.com/C2ikHSFaHp
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) September 22, 2019
A blatant goal that wasn’t in & a blatant penalty that wasn’t given. Your bias is blatant ??
— Thom Beard (@Thom_Beard) September 22, 2019
Did you blink and miss the replay that showed whole ball not over the line. Also note no mention of the blatant penalty Tam. If your gonna call it out mistakes make sure it’s all of them
— Robert Logan (@robbielogan72) September 22, 2019
How can it be a blatant goal when it doesn’t cross the line? ???
— GerrardExpress (@GerrardExpress) September 22, 2019
Defoe’s 2nd defintely offside. We just gonna ignore the handball by Davidson that should have been a penalty? Or how that should have been a yellow, along with the two fouls he committed beforehand? Or the fact that the St Johnstone ‘goal’ wasn’t over the line? Nah?
— Willy (@wmwscgbm87) September 22, 2019
Hi Tam, when did the rules of football change so that the ball doesn’t need to cross the line to be a goal?
— Ian (@ianmck24) September 22, 2019
Except the ball didn’t cross the line ? no mention of worst referee decision of the season not to award a penalty for a handball 5 metres away from where ref was standing and facing either ? give u the offside 1/3 not bad ??
— Graham Kennedy (@Grahamkennedy81) September 22, 2019