Gary Mackay-Steven has told Sky Sports’ post-match coverage of Rangers’s draw with Aberdeen (broadcast on 4/12; 21:56) that Steven Gerrard’s side could have easily had a second-half penalty for a foul on Alfredo Morelos.
The Gers have conceded ground in the Scottish Premiership title race after a disappointing draw at Pittodrie. Rangers had lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack.
However, they conceded one just before the break. And the Dons would equalise in the early stages of the second-half. But Rangers should have had the chance to go back in front from the penalty spot.
Morelos was brought down by Lewis Ferguson as he ran out of the box. Referee John Beaton decided to give a free-kick to the visitors. But replays showed that the contact had taken place inside the box.
And former Aberdeen midfielder Mackay-Steven admitted after the game that his old side had got away with one on that occasion.
“Morelos has stood up McKenna, he’s done well just to keep the ball. And Ferguson’s put a foot in,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously we get the benefit. I’ve seen the replays, but you could say that was on the line which could have easily been a penalty.”
Of course, it is another of Mackay-Steven’s old teams that will benefit most from the decision. Celtic’s late winner has allowed the Hoops to open a two-point gap ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final between the two.
While Gerrard will be angry that his players squandered a two-goal lead, he will be hoping that the game acts as a wake-up call for his side. Some of their defending was extremely poor, and they did not kill off the game when it was all but done during the first-half.
That could perhaps be exactly what Rangers need ahead of Sunday’s final. It may not feel like it now – and it could also go the other way and have a detrimental impact on their confidence – but perhaps Wednesday’s result can provide a timely reminder of how good they need to be to win the first trophy of Gerrard’s tenure.