ALLY MCCOIST has fumed that referees are lacking balls to make their own decisions in football.

The former Rangers striker was left perplexed on Tuesday after a penalty was awarded to Union Saint-Gilloise in a Champions League qualifier with Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men.

With around 15-minutes remaining on the clock, VAR asked the referee to review the pitch side monitor following a potential penalty check.

A shot from the Union SG player was blocked by Ben Davies, before deflecting up on to Connor Goldson's arm.

Irfan Peljto reviewed the incident for himself and decided to point to the spot.

The call was lambasted by many within the game, as Rangers now face a 2-0 deficit heading into the second-leg.

Chris Sutton joked on BT Sport's Scottish Football Extra: "From the angle I saw it looked like a stonewaller.

"Rangers are lucky in a way to be in it, but maybe that is a huge moment for Rangers and their qualification into the Champions League."

That prompted McCoist to have a strong dig at the officials from the night.

He responded: "Honest to God, that's actually embarrassing how a referee can walk over, look at a monitor - see if he makes the decision, and he gets it wrong I can accept that because we all make mistakes.

"But you can't walk over to a monitor, look at it four or five times and decide that's a penalty.

"That's an act of unpardonable folly. That's madness, absolute madness. As soon as VAR asks him to go over, the wee referee goes (starts making chicken noises), he decides I'll need to go and change my decision like a wee chicken man.

"They have no balls, any of them, they have nothing about them. Never mind call me over for VAR, make a decision."