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Peter Houston in hot water over reaction to decisions in Falkirk's loss to Rangers

Falkirk boss Peter Houston faces charges from the Scottish FA after comments made towards the officials against Rangers
Image: Falkirk boss Peter Houston faces charges from the Scottish FA after comments made towards the officials against Rangers

Falkirk boss Peter Houston faces charges from the Scottish FA after his side is beaten 3-1 by Rangers, whose boss Mark Warburton is also left mystified by some contentious refereeing.

Warburton says both teams suffered at the hands of John McKendrick who angered Houston for giving Rangers a late free-kick from which they netted their second goal.

Houston could face the wrath of the Scottish FA after being reported for using foul language towards the official over the 80th minute decision to award a foul against Tom Taiwo.

As a result of the decision, James Tavernier netted a free-kick from just outside the box with Lee Wallace adding a third in injury time.

Referee John McKendrick (right) at full time of Rangers versus Falkirk.
Image: Referee John McKendrick (right) at full time of Rangers versus Falkirk.

Houston also pointed a finger at the Rangers management team who, he claims, had vented their anger at McKendrick over an incident during the half-time break.

But Warburton responded: "We weren't happy with a couple of decisions and we've got to make our point clear and in a respectful way.

"I think you would agree, the crowd would agree, there were a number of contentious decisions and we just have to get on with the game and be as professional as we can.

"I've got to be careful with what I say but I'm mystified by certain things.

James Tavernier celebrates after scoring to give Rangers a 2-1 lead against Falkirk
Image: James Tavernier celebrates after scoring to give Rangers a 2-1 lead against Falkirk

"There were contentious decisions both sides. Peter was upset with the free-kick - you can see it both ways, I'm sure."

Talking about the free-kick which led to Rangers' second goal, Houston complained: "I am totally aggrieved with the fact that he gave a foul against us when Tom Taiwo clearly won the ball and Nicky Law fell into him and went down.

"It was never a free-kick in a month of Sundays. In the first minute Craig Sibbald is clearly taken out. It is at least a yellow card.

"The referee didn't recognise foul play when it should have been a yellow card in the first minute but recognised foul play when there was no foul committed.

"It was a shocking decision, so for me the referee has cost us today."

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (left) and Falkirk manager Peter Houston
Image: Rangers manager Mark Warburton (left) and Falkirk manager Peter Houston

He was also unhappy with the attitude of the home club, adding: "They were having a right pop at the referee going up the tunnel at half-time about giving them nothing.

"He certainly gave them something in the second half. We almost got a result and I felt we deserved something from the match for the amount we put into it."

As for the match itself, Warburton added: "It was tight, they were a tough opponent, well organised, resilient, committed and dangerous on the counter attack.

"But we stuck to it and had to believe in what we were doing. Take care of the football and the rewards came late."

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