Dundee star Paul McMullan has opened up on the “strange rule” he feels the Dens Park fell foul of at the weekend against Rangers as he reflected on the 1-0 defeat by the champions at the weekend.

McMullan was felled by Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin to win a penalty for his side, which was missed by Jason Cummings, as the Dundee winger confessed he asked the referee why the Ibrox keeper wasn’t shown a straight red.

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Paul McMullan during the Pre-Season Friendly between Dundee  and West Ham United at Dens Park  (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“I asked the referee and he said he tried to play the ball,” McMullan said.

“I was just concentrating on getting the ball and I couldn’t really see what was going on. That was the decision.

“I am sure [the manager] had a better view than me. I was looking at the goal, thinking I was about to tap it in before I got wiped out. It is a strange rule. If you try and attempt to win the ball but realistically it is costing us a goal.

“I don’t make the rules. The referee gave me his explanation and that was that.”

McMullan’s Dundee teammate Jason Cummings was the one who stepped up to take the spot-kick but saw his effort well saved by McLaughlin, and McMullan insists there’s “nobody holding a grudge” against the ex-Rangers and Hibs star for his miss.

The former Scotland international has popped up with vital goals for James McPake’s side since returning to Scotland and McMullan is confident that Cummings will step up again if the Dark Blues get another penalty.

“Of course [Cummings] is disappointed he missed the penalty,” he added, “but when he came on he was brilliant. He caused them all sorts of problems and created chances.

“Nobody is holding a grudge against him for missing the penalty because he has scored so many vital goals for us in the past. I am sure if he gets another penalty he will step up and put it away.

“I thought we had enough chances to probably get something. We gave everything and on another day one of them would have gone in.

“Hopefully, in the coming weeks things will turn and turn our form around.”

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