Ellie McCoist furious after VAR canceled controversial Rangers goal against Borussia Dortmund

Today, Rangers fans will be thrilled with their incredible Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund.

But a 6-4 aggregate win was far from easy for Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s team.

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Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos fouled Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Can.
Frustrated Alfredo Morelos Argues With Referee Mateu Laos

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Frustrated Alfredo Morelos argues with referee Mateu Laos

Rangers took a two-goal lead in the draw and looked to end the tie with another kick in the 68th minute.

Ryan Kent was on hand for a simple connection after the excellent work of Alfredo Morelos.

Ibrox erupted into wild celebration scenes, but VAR eventually ruled out the goal due to a build-up foul.

Morelos was deemed to have interfered with Dortmund defender Emre Can when he took the ball away from him in the halfway line.

But many were shocked and disbelieved by the decision, including match commentator and Rangers legend Ellie McCoist.

Speaking to BT Sports, he said: “I don’t think it’s a free kick.

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“I think initially he (Kahn) doesn’t know about him (Morelos) at all.

“Morelos comes in, receives the ball, they complain about the free kick, but how well Morelos plays.

“They look at it – I don’t think it’s a free kick.

“It’s never a free kick, it doesn’t touch a person, it takes up space in front of a guy’s foot.

“This is not a free kick – Can hits him in the back.

“There he gets in front and he (Kahn) kicks him (Morelos).”


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Ibrox held its breath as Spanish referee Mateu Laos headed towards the VAR stand.

The referee carefully examined the incident, but, oddly enough, he was not shown the corner, which, according to some, indicates the absence of a foul.

McCoist added, “He puts his foot in front of Can and Can comes behind Morelos.”



Following the decision to award a free kick, one of the commentators, Alex Ray, added: “A shocking decision.

“It’s hard for me to believe this Ellie, because he interferes … Can kicks him in the back.”

McCoist said: “This is a diabolical decision, absolutely diabolical.

“He (Morelos) puts his foot on the ground and (Kan) kicks him.


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“Morelos takes the square in front of Can – it’s Can’s fault that he kicks Morelos.

“There is no contact at all – this is a scandalous decision.

“There is absolutely no contact that Morelos makes with Can – it’s the other way around.”


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