There were Derby County and QPR scouts watching from the stands – but David McCracken insists it was a disappointing night for his Falkirk side on Tuesday.

The Bairns drew 1-1 with Dumbarton in League One, their gap at the top now cut to four points. There was some interest from down south in the game, with Derby County and QPR scouts taking in the tight contest.

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Derby County and QPR scouts attended. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Both have made Scottish transfer moves in the recent past, Lyndon Dykes joining QPR last summer while Graeme Shinnie left Aberdeen for Derby County a couple of seasons ago. Bairns keeper Robbie Mutch was scouted by Premier League Southampton last season.

But on the night, co-manager McCracken was disappointed after a poor start: “I think with our performance it was a point gained as we didn’t deserve much from our performance. We were off our levels and we spoke about that after the game. We never started the game properly and it’s hard to come back from that.

“We are disappointed. We put ourselves in the position Dumbarton deserved to get something out the game.”

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