Dundee assistant Simon Rusk laments Rangers’ “questionable” penalty in defeat at Dens Park –

Dundee assistant Simon Rusk laments Rangers’ “questionable” penalty in defeat at Dens Park –

Simon Rusk, DUNDEE assistant manager, said yesterday Rangers’ penalty at Dens Park in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals was’ dubious’, but acknowledged the decision had no impact on the final result.

The home players were furious when referee Steven McLean decided Ryan Sweeney had brought down James Tavernier at home in the first half.

Ibrox captain Tavernier turned the kick on himself to bring it 2-0 and the visitors progressed to the Hampden semi-finals next month, beating the comfortable winners 3-0 at the end of the 90 minutes.

Rusk said, “I haven’t seen him yet. He seems like a sweet person. The comments I get are questionable, but I don’t want to make excuses. I don’t think the reason we lost was a penalty. Game.

“Obviously when you play against Rangers the first goal (scored by Connor Goldson in the ninth minute) can really hurt you and then a penalty shortly after.

“We had to get through this period and stay in the game, which we did until the end of the second half. Frankly, we were disappointed with the nature of the goals in the first half.

“We have to be a little smarter on defense and have more confidence in the ball; We are losing the property so cheap. Hopefully we can do some turf work and put these things in order.

Rusk admitted that the loss of center-back Lee Ashcroft, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first half, cost Dundee dearly.

“It was a real blow,” he said. “He has a huge impact in the locker room with his unconditional character and approach. I have not yet commented on the gravity of the situation. But the general feeling is a disappointment for him.

Source: Herald Scotland