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Falkirk's Peter Houston in hot water over rant at referee

Rangers 3 - Falkirk 1

By Ronnie Esplin

Captain Lee Wallace preferred to focus on the football rather than the furore following Rangers' 3-1 win over Falkirk at Ibrox on Saturday.

Bairns' boss Peter Houston revealed after the Ladbrokes Championship encounter that he is to be reported to the Scottish FA for using foul language towards referee John McKendrick.

Houston expressed his anger at the official for awarding a foul against Tom Taiwo for a challenge on Nicky Law outside the box with 10 minutes remaining which allowed right-back James Tavernier to give Rangers a 2-1 lead from the free-kick. He was also fuming about the first-minute tackle on Craig Sibbald by Gers' defender Danny Wilson which did not bring a card.

Wallace added a third in stoppage time to clinch Rangers' ninth successive league victory.

Will Vaulks' wonder-strike had cancelled out Dean Shiels' opener in the first-half but the Ibrox defender was happy with the way the Govan side kept at it until the end.

He said: "We have to realise that not every game will be fives and sixes with performances we deem to be 10 out of 10.

"There are going to be games when we come up against awkward game plans and we are guarded against that, ready for it. Falkirk came and tried to set their traps. They tried to slow the game down, but we have to realise we can't deviate from the way we play, no matter how long it takes us to get the victory.

"But we are delighted to complete the first part of the season with a 100 per cent record."

Houston will almost certainly find himself in trouble for his outburst but he was adamant he was correct in his analysis.

He said: "I don't care what anybody says, we'll watch it all day long and put it in front of a panel of FIFA referees, and I'll bet you every one of them says, whether it's the first minute or the last minute, there isn't any first tackle any more, that's a yellow card. At least. It was one of those days when you feel totally let down by the officials."

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