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Rangers Jason Holt 'anticipated contact' before fall

By Andy Newport

Published 08/11/2016

Going down: Rangers ace Jason Holt was booked for diving in the penalty box during the draw with Ross County
Going down: Rangers ace Jason Holt was booked for diving in the penalty box during the draw with Ross County

Rangers midfielder Jason Holt admitted he "anticipated contact" when going down inside the box during Sunday's draw with Ross County.

Holt was booked for diving by referee Andrew Dallas after he went over the outstretched leg of County defender Marcus Fraser.

There appeared to be contact but the former Hearts player was non-committal when asked whether he felt he should have had a penalty.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I anticipated the contact, whether it came or not I can't really remember, but I just got on with the game."

Rangers were held 1-1 by the Ladbrokes Premiership's bottom club despite getting an early lead from Clint Hill's header.

The visitors squandered several chances on the break to extend their lead and Hill and central defensive partner Rob Kiernan got in each other's way as Andrew Davies levelled with a free header.

The draw meant Rangers missed the chance to return to second place, where they had gone the previous weekend thanks to a 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock.

Holt said: "We are really disappointed with how we went from really good last week to not so good this week. Getting the goal so early was great and we had chances to get ourselves a cushion in the game but we obviously conceded, which was disappointing.

"Even after that we had chances in the second half which we are disappointed we didn't take."

When asked what was missing, Holt said: "A lot of things; dynamic movement, forward runs and a bit of everything to be honest.

"We have a long time to think about the game now and analyse it, and myself and I'm sure a lot of the boys will probably be thinking about the game and what we could have done better."

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