Cyriel Dessers Rangers penalty snub addressed as Dermot Gallagher gives his take

Dermot Gallagher felt Rangers should have had a penalty against Hearts and was "very surprised" VAR didn't intervene.

During Saturday's 3-3 draw, Cyriel Dessers went crashing to the ground after contact in the box from Frankie Kent and BBC Scotland commentators at the time were certain it would be pulled back for a penalty. But VAR David Dickinson didn't see fit to get involved and on-pitch ref Don Robertson wasn't asked to watch again on the monitor.

Gers boss Philippe Clement was baffled by it and questioned how that could not be picked up on the replays. Gallagher has now backed that view up and aired his view that a spot kick was warranted for the challenge by the Jambos centre-back. He was surprised Dickinson didn't highlight it to Robertson for a review, especially because Scottish officials have been strong in these positions.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Ref Watch, he said: "I thought it was a foul and I was surprised this wasn't referred. What you would say about the Scottish VAR, handballs they have been very, very strong on and anything like this with shirt pulling.

"It is not so much he pulls his shirt, but how far he pulls it. But I think penalty."

Clements comments after the game were: "From where I was standing there was a clear pull on Cyriel's shirt. So that's disappointing that everybody has the same idea and we saw it from 50 metres away but it wasn't seen on the replays.

"But I still stay a fan of the VAR. But if that's the case then clearly the decision making should be better. That's a detail in this game, I expect that on Saturday the decision making will be very, very correct."