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Rangers boss McCoist rues ‘goal’ officials missed

By Ronnie Esplin

Rangers manager Ally McCoist felt his side were wrongly denied the opening goal in their 1-0 Old Firm defeat at a wet and windy Celtic Park.

McCoist argued Lee Wallace's sixth-minute header had gone over the line before Fraser Forster scooped it away after it hit the post.

Willie Collum and his assistants were unable to see the incident clearly enough to give the goal and Rangers were made to pay when Joe Ledley headed home seven minutes after the break as Celtic leapfrogged their rivals at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Watching a replay of the incident, a disappointed McCoist said: “I don't think there's any doubt the ball is over the line but sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. We didn't get that one.

“We certainly had chances, Bocanegra got on the end of one in the first half as well.

“On another day we would have got that goal and it's a different game.”

McCoist added: “I didn't think there was an awful lot in it.

“I didn't think conditions helped the standard of the game but I felt both defences were pretty solid.

“In games like that it takes one chance to win it and, unfortunately, it didn't go our way.”

Match-winner Ledley was delighted to see Celtic complete a remarkable turnaround after being 15 points behind on November 5.

The jubilant Welshman said: “It's a great feeling. I thought we played well from the off and dominated the game.

“It was a good team performance and I'm glad I got the goal.

“We always believe in ourselves. We didn't have the best start to the season but we have moved on from there.

“We have played some great football at times, as we did today.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon claimed he was always confident his side would haul themselves back into the title race.

The former Northern Ireland international said: “I always believed we would get back in. It has come quicker than we expected.

“You know over he course of the season that Rangers can't maintain the form they were showing at the start of the season. Injuries and suspensions bite in.

“At the minute we are in a good place but it changes nothing. All it does is psychologically give us a lift going into the new year.”

Asked for his thoughts on whether Wallace's header had gone over the line, Lennon said: “I'm not too sure. Is the whole of the ball over the line? Possibly.

“We had an offside decision against (Gary) Hooper so it was one apiece there.”

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