Rangers winning penalties in tight games is nothing new. Against Livingston, they got not one but two of them. The first was when the score was tied at 0-0 and the second was late in the game when they were leading by a goal. And Celtic hero, Chris Sutton, appears to believe that one of them should not have stood.
Celtic fans have raised questions about some of the penalty kicks that the Rangers have won over the years. And the first one against Livingston might be joining that list.
Ross McCausland was the player who won the spot kick for the Rangers. But replays appeared to show that he had started to go to the ground before there was any contact made with him.
"“This… it’s a clear dive.“I do not understand how the VAR official hasn’t spoken to the referee.“Watch this angle, he’s already on his way down. McCausland, who had a good first half, but that’s a dive. He should be cautioned and it should never have been a penalty.“It was probably justice for Livingston’s perspective (Tavernier miss).”"
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James Tavernier did end up missing that spot kick. But he would later get another chance to put the ball in the back of the net after the Rangers were handed another penalty and he made no mistake that time around.
Of course, jokes about the Rangers receiving way too many penalties have been doing the rounds of social media for a long time. On the other hand, they have an extraordinary record when it comes to conceding them. When was the last time one went against them? Very few will remember. It has been that long.
Ultimately, the Rangers went on to win their game against Livingston 2-0. On the other hand, Celtic got themselves all three points later in the day as they defeated Aberdeen 6-0 to bounce back from the result at the Metropolitano Stadium against Atletico Madrid.