Rangers manager Graeme Murty refused to criticise referee Willie Collum for awarding a penalty against his side in the 2-1 defeat to Hibernian on Saturday – admitting his view of the decision will land the Gers boss “in trouble.”
Collum pointed to the spot after Scott Allan went down theatrically when James Tavernier put his hands on the midfielder just a minute or so after Rangers had equalised through Sean Goss.
Jamie MacLaren coolly finished the spot-kick to restore Hibs lead as Neil Lennon’s side secured their second Ibrox win this season.
Murty refused to criticise Collum but admitted Tavernier was “naive” to give the referee a decision to make.
“The view will get me into trouble,” Murty told RangersTV, in a video shared by the club’s official Twitter account.
“Listen, whether he gives it or not, we’ve put ourselves in a situation where we allow him to make a decision. It’s a bit naive from us.
“I had a sneaking suspicion it was going to be given straight away.”
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The result leaves the Gers six points off second-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership ahead after playing one game fewer than Derek McInnes’ side.
After Celtic lost earlier in the day, the clash with Hibs was also a golden opportunity for the Gers to make up ground on their Old Firm rivals.
Murty’s side are back in action on Tuesday night when they face Partick Thistle and Murty will be hoping from a reaction from his side after the disappointment of the Hibs result.
With a large squad at his disposal, Murty could ring the changes ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Alan Archibald’s side and introduce the likes of Jason Cummings or Greg Docherty to the starting XI.
In other Rangers transfer news, we can reveal the identity of the 12-goal striker who the Light Blues tried to sign in the final hours of deadline day.
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