I said it at the time; the St. Mirren penalty awards were purely to keep the numbers up and less obvious in a game that we were clearly going to win.It's amazing how often it's sighted or insinuated in the press, on radio and in football forums that Rangers are given penalties on a weekly basis yet the truth is quite the opposite.
Remember the outcry when Dallas awarded us four penalties in the one match at Ibrox ? Three of them were stonewallers. One was incorrectly awarded and we were actually denied the most blatant appeal towards the end of the game. The mhedia went into overdrive.
The club said nothing about it.
Ever since that day there seems to have been an enormous amount of pressure applied to not award us a penalty kick no matter how clear it is. Various handballs in the box were ignored. Beaton bottled out of giving us a penalty at Pittodrie and instead awarded us only a free kick outside the box.
Gerrard should have slaughtered him. Instead he gave him the benefit of the doubt by saying he'd be the most disappointed person in the stadium that he got it wrong.
It made it easy for Beaton to shaft us again at Rugby Park a few weeks later.
You just know if it was the unwashed that had gone so long without a penalty kick we would be reading about it on a weekly basis and of course it would be used as evidence of a perceived bias against them.
It's time for Rangers to start highlighting the negligence of Referees to apply the rules in a fair and honest manner.
Yesterday was clear proof of how Referees will continue to shaft us so long as we do not call them out.