Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has claimed that Rangers’ equaliser in this afternoon’s 1-1 draw was offside as he hailed his side after ending the Gers 15-game winning run in the league.

Cedric Itten nodded home from close range after Borna Barisic’s excellent cross but the Fir Park boss insists that but for an offside header, his side would’ve taken the three points.

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Motherwell manager Graham Alexander reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite Alexander’s claims, Rangers controlled much of the game and had far more efforts at goal than the hosts did, but the former Salford City gaffer was full of praise for his players after the full-time whistle.

“The players deserve all the credit, they took on our game plan, I thought we were the better team in the first half,” Alexander said [Sky Sports]

“Our structure in the second half, we defended really well and the frustration is the goal, I don’t believe it should have counted.

“I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen the stills and the pictures – the lad looks offside when the ball comes in.

“But that’s not within our control, all I can try and concentrate on is what’s in our control and that’s the structure of the team, the motivation, the togetherness of everyone at the club.

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“And that, for me, was top notch today.”

“You can get bogged down with results and bad feeling, and we’ve tried to lift it a little bit.

 

“There’s so many people taking part in that and what pleases me similar to last week is when we concede a goal, we don’t go and concede another one.

“We keep digging in, we keep going. And that’s as severe a test as we’ll face I would think, with the quality Rangers have in their ranks.

“But I know, first half especially, we frustrated them. And not in the way that we just banked in our box, we tried to press them from the front, they had the ball but we controlled where they went with it.

“And I couldn’t ask for any more from the team.

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Itten nods Rangers level (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

 

“But for a cross and an offside header we take three points so the players have got to take great confidence from that.”

Read our match report as Rangers came back from a goal down to move 21 points ahead of Celtic at the top of the Premiership

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