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New recruits will get Gers going: Miller

Falkirk 2-1 Rangers

By Andy Newport

Kenny Miller reckons the prospect of fresh recruits checking in at Ibrox next month will give Rangers their spark back.

Saturday's 2-1 defeat away to third-placed Falkirk has allowed title rivals Hibernian to move level on points at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship, with only goal difference now keeping Mark Warburton's team in front.

Gers - who had a perfect league record up until the start of November - have now dropped 10 points in the two months since losing to Alan Stubbs' men at Easter Road.

The Leith men have blown the promotion battle wide open and both side's transfer dealings during the January window could now prove decisive.

Warburton plans to bring in a couple of new faces and Miller believes that will also force his current crop to up their game.

The ex-Scotland hitman said: "The manager has said he only wants to bring players in who are going to strengthen the group.

"So it's either going to strengthen the team or really kick the lads on who are in the team to keep hold of that jersey."

Rangers were undone by the Bairns, but only after Peter Houston's men were given a helping hand by referee Willie Collum.

The official awarded the hosts a penalty after just three minutes despite Gers defender Danny Wilson fouling Will Vaulks a yard outside the box.

John Baird tucked away the spot-kick but Barrie McKay levelled for Rangers after 16 minutes as he drove home from Nathan Oduwa's cut-back.

Gers conceded again 10 minutes into the second half as Vaulks fired home after Oduwa needlessly conceded a corner.

The drama was not over there as Collum gave another strange penalty, this time punishing Blair Alston for handball, even though there seemed to be no clear infringement.

Justice was done, though, as Danny Rogers produced a fine save to push Martyn Waghorn's effort onto the post as Falkirk claimed a win which leaves them just six points off the summit.

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