'I was a bit surprised' - Rangers star gives verdict on controversial penalty
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'I was a bit surprised' - Defoe gives verdict on controversial penalty

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has admitted he was surprised to be awarded the second of four penalties given to in the 4-0 win over St. Mirren.
Defoe won two – and scored one – of the spot kicks awarded as James Tavernier netted two from three.

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The striker was fouled for the first two but admitted he wasn’t expecting referee Andy Dallas to point to the spot after he was challenged by Paul McGinn.

“I didn’t look at the referee and claim anything,’ Defoe said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“When he gave the penalty, I was a bit surprised even though there was contact.

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‘So I said to their players that I didn’t claim. And the ref came up to me and said: “Did you say you dived?” But I said: “I’m not going to dive. That’s cheating and I’m not one of those players.” There was a little contact – and you take it.”

Defoe grabbed his first Ibrox goal when Tavernier stepped aside and allowed the veteran to take one of the penalties.
The former England striker was paired with Alfredo Morelos in a two-man attack and looked much sharper.

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His running of the ball caused all sorts of problem for the Saints defence and created chances for the Light Blues.

The Gers travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on Wednesday night but Defoe is hitting form at just the right time.
Ryan Kent also scored as the Gers wrapped up a comfortable win.
 

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