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14th Dec, 2017 | 5:31pm

Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on controversy in Rangers win v Hibernian

Former English Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that Hibernian should have been awarded a penalty against Rangers at Easter Road.

The Edinburgh side were denied what looked to be a stonewall penalty when Gers defender David Bates appeared to have handled a cross in the penalty box.

Referee Kevin Clancy caused controversy when he didn’t give the award and Rangers managed to escape with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos – leaving Neil Lennon furious.

As shown on Sky Sports Scotland’s Twitter account, Gallagher thought the referee got his decision wrong.

He said: “The fact he leans in, he’s blocked the ball, it’s a penalty. When you see it there, it’s an easy penalty to give.”

The win at Easter Road – Rangers fourth in a row in the league – kept the Gers level with Aberdeen on second place in the Scottish Premiership, five points behind leaders Celtic, who have a game in hand.

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The Gers are next in action against St Johnstone at Ibrox, with a chance to close the gap at the top of the table to two points, as Celtic aren’t in action until the take on Hearts the next day.

Interim manager since October Graeme Murty has done a good job steadying the ship at Ibrox, and he must be among the favourites to be named the next permanent manager at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Jason Holt revealed which Rangers player impressed him in the win over Hibs 

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