Rival coach makes Rangers penalty claim in salty latest refereeing comments
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Rival coach makes salty Rangers penalty claim after defeat

The assistant coach of Premiership rivals Dundee has been lamenting the award of a Rangers penalty in his side’s 3-0 Scottish Cup humbling.

The Ibrox side have booked a place in the semi-finals of the competition courtesy of the victory with Connor Goldson opening the scoring before James Tavernier won and scored a penalty.

Fashion Sakala rounded off the scoring with minutes to play in a comprehensive Rangers victory but after the match Dundee assistant Simon Risk branded Steven McLean’s penalty decision “soft”.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the decision for the penalty,” Rusk told Premier Sports.

“I’ve not actually seen it back yet. I’ve been told it’s soft.

“Rangers were always going to cause us problems. We perhaps didn’t deal with those problems they were offering well enough early in the game.”

The penalty was awarded after Rangers captain James Tavernier played a neat one-two with Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the Dundee box before being blocked off by Ryan Sweeney inside it.

It was a penalty if not a vicious challenge and Tavernier stepped up to dispatch his second spot-kick in a week after netting one in the 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Dundee coach bemoans Rangers penalty decision

It’s also the second time in around a week that Rangers have to put up with moaning rivals when it comes to decisions that have gone in their favour.

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin might not have had a Rangers penalty to cry about, but he still cried about an apparent foul in the build-up to the only goal in a 1-0 Gers win at Ibrox.

Ex-Celtic player Goodwin appeared to deflect from his own shortcomings on the day and appeal to certain elements of the Aberdeen support by claiming his side “don’t expect to get 50/50s at Ibrox”.

That’s despite the Dons being lucky to have 11 men on the field and offering nothing of any footballing substance to the match whatsoever.

It’s become In Vogue for rivals to bemoan referees for giving decisions regarding Rangers and Simon Rusk, Jim Goodwin and anyone else are probably better served looking at their own shortcomings.

Rusk isn’t the only Dundee coach to be roasted in the aftermath of the cup win with goalkeeping coach Alan Combe on the receiving end from Stephen Craigan.

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