ALLY MCCOIST admits Rangers were not at their best as they fell to defeat against Union Saint-Gilloise in Champions League qualifying last night.

But the Ibrox hero insists the VAR penalty call that led to the second goal was simply out of order.

In the 71st minute Jon McLauglin made saves from Adinga and then Vanzeir but as a VAR check stopped play, referee Irfan Peljto decided Teuma’s drive which hit the arm of defender Connor Goldson was deserving of a penalty. Vanzeir sent McLaughlin the wrong with his spot-kick.

It looked almost impossible for the defender to dodge the deflection and IFAB rules state that the penalty call should not have stood.

They read: “Exceptions, e.g the player’s arm is already extended when there is no expectation o the ball coming at, or near, the player from a team-mate.”

Speaking on talkSPORT, McCoist blasted: “It was an absolutely terrible decision - as bad as Rangers’ performance. I have to balance it and say Rangers were really poor and didn’t deserve to take anything out of the game.

“But that’s what really annoys me about VAR. Are these people for real?

“You’re looking at it and who in their right mind thinks that’s a penalty?

“It’s important that you have people who are making these decisions that have played the game to a certain level and understand it. It baffled me, absolutely baffled me.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the result and performance, which was poor and I don’t have a problem with the actual result.

"But that decision? Come on. You’re sitting looking at it on a monitor. If he’d seen it in normal time and given it, I’d have given him a bit more space and leeway. But when you go over to a monitor and look at, and still give it? It’s mental.”