Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass was left fuming after he felt his side were denied a win over Rangers at Ibrox last night by a poor decision by referee John Beaton when he pointed to the spot and gave the Gers a penalty.

The Gers were awarded a penalty nine minutes from the end when ex-Ibrox defender David Bates pulled Fashion Sakala’s shirt in the box, with James Tavernier netting the resulting spot kick.

Having seen his side roar into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Christian Ramirez and Scott Brown before Alfredo Morelos pulled one back for the hosts shortly before the break.

Glass was not happy with the decision to award the 81st-minute penalty to Steven Gerrard’s side, insisting the referee had got it wrong when he gave Rangers a penalty before praising his Aberdeen side’s defensive performance on an emotional night in Glasgow’s south side.

 

“They are a really good team with really good players,” Glass said, “So to get undone by a free-kick that doesn’t look like a free-kick and a penalty that doesn’t look like a penalty, I think that’s good for us.

“I think you can tell by players’ reactions when free-kicks are free-kicks and penalties are penalties.

“You could see that Lewis was very disappointed with the refereeing decision. He got yellow-carded for it, for shouting at him.

“The penalty kick doesn’t look like a penalty kick to me. Yes, (having seen it again) it’s not a penalty kick. It is a little bit of a coming together, it isn’t a penalty kick.

“The boys put in a performance like that, the work-rate, effort and Rangers have a brilliant group of players but we get undone with that and it is very disappointing.”

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