Rangers manager Philippe Clement has incredibly hit out at refereeing decisions again.

Clement’s side had a goal disallowed in the 58th minute after a clear push from Nicolas Raskin on Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart in the buildup to a later disallowed Abdallah Sima goal from a corner.

After a VAR review, referee Nick Walsh went to the monitor, overturning the initial decision to ignore calls for a foul in an example of VAR working well.

Clement said: [The Herald], “If you have the scenario also that you score goals and they are disallowed in that way, that is also in that moment a disappointment.

“If I compare with the push that Scales gave to Dujon Sterling in the first half, it’s a much bigger push than what happened with Joe Hart today.

“If I see also how all the Celtic defenders are grabbing my players and having their arms around their neck and around their waist, it’s a really big call to make to disallow the goal.”

The incident was incredibly similar to an Alfredo Morelos push on Alistair Johnston from a corner in a Glasgow derby at Celtic Park in April 2023, which had a goal disallowed against Morelos after a VAR review.

Yet again, Clement looks to blame refereeing decisions for costing his side in Glasgow derbies instead of examining how his side could have performed better.

This is a sign that the Belgian is feeling the pressure at Ibrox, looking to blame everyone but himself and his players.

Having lost 3 out of 4 of his Glasgow derbies since taking charge in October, Clement hasn’t shown any difference in mentality compared to previous Rangers managers in failing to overcome Celtic’s dominance in Scottish football over the last decade.


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