Rangers fans rail against "embarrassing" penalty decision v St Johnstone
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Rangers fans rail against "embarrassing" penalty decision v St Johnstone

Rangers dropped two points away to St Johnstone in a result which was probably the least the Perthshire club deserved as they scored a last-minute penalty in a 1-1 draw.

That will serve as a huge frustration for Steven Gerrard and his charges, a team which included seven changes and which did have to withstand heavy St Johnstone pressure throughout the match.

Rangers captain James Tavernier returned to the side for the trip to St Johnstone but met a side very much up for the contest and who’d earn a point through a late penalty. (Photo by Willie Vass – Pool/Getty Images)

Saints created plenty of opportunities in the early stages but the Gers would go ahead in the second half courtesy of a fine Scott Wright finish.

The Ibrox winger continues to impress since moving to Glasgow from Aberdeen in January and his performance this evening certainly did little to dampen positive feelings around the forward.

However, the match referee – alongside Wright – would take centre stage in the match as Euan Anderson would eventually overturn a decision to award a penalty for a handball given against the former Dons forward.

On replay, it didn’t look a penalty and Anderson would reflect this by overturning the decision after consulting with his assistants in a move which left St Johnstone’s players aggrieved.

Anderson would have another shout to deal with when Jack Simpson allegedly handled the ball but this was waved away before a penalty was finally awarded in injury time.

Chris Kane went down theatrically as Jack Simpson moved to volley the ball and Anderson deemed this a penalty despite the soft nature of the shout.

The result was probably fair over the peace but Rangers fans had some choice words for the ref come the final whistle:


Rangers’ next match will be against St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup this weekend as they welcome the Perthshire side to Glasgow

Rangers fans have taken issue with the game however after one aspect of the match left supporters frustrated.

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