Date: 28th January 2018 at 6:08pm
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Ross County manager Owen Coyle has slammed referee Steven McLean for not awarding his side a penalty earlier in the 2-1 defeat by Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

Coyle was incensed when McLean waved away appeals after the ball struck Gers defender David Bates on the arm after a Ross Draper header.

McLean later awarded County a spot-kick when the ball was blasted off Russell Martin’s hand at close-range to bring to an end Rangers’ run of consecutive clean sheets.

The former Bolton boss was furious after the game and insisted the decision possibly changed the match in Rangers’ favour.

“They were both penalties – but the one that wasn’t given looked an even bigger penalty. Draper has the header and it’s on target.” Coyle said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“If it doesn’t hit his hand, it’s possible a goal. That’s huge.

“You know instantly when four or five players appeal that it’s a penalty – but it wasn’t given.”

Coyle’s side struggled to break down the Gers’ defence and despite having much of the possession in the second-half, they never really tested Wes Foderingham.

The result leaves County rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership – trailing Partick Thistle by six points – while Graeme Murty’s Gers leapfrog Aberdeen and retake second in the table.

Goals from Daniel Candeias and Jason Cummings’ first for the Gers since joining the club secured the win for the Ibrox giants four days after beating Aberdeen 2-0 at Ibrox.

Next up for the Gers is a return trip north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Wednesday night.

In other Rangers news, these English high-flyers have approached for an international attacker after the Gers tabled a bid.

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