RAGING Dundee boss James McPake slammed referee Bobby Madden for failing to send off Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin in the Ibrox side’s 1-0 win at Dens Park yesterday.

The Tayside gaffer insisted the netminder should have seen red for a last-man foul on Paul McMullan who was clean through on goal before being upended.

However, match official Madden was content to book McLaughlin who then thwarted Jason Cummings’ resultant penalty which was hit with power, but lacked precision at it smacked off the shotstopper’s legs and rebounded to safety.

McPake – who was shown a red card after confronting the whistler at full-time – said: “In my opinion, he (McLaughlin) should have not stayed on.

“I know the rule is if you make a genuine attempt and people will disagree and say it’s a genuine attempt. Paul McMullan is clearly by him and the leg comes out.

“If it’s Adam Legzdins would my answer be different, probably not. I am just giving an honest opinion.

GROUNDED…Paul McMullan hits the truf after keeper Jon McLaughlin’s challenge.

APPEALS…McLaughlin stretches his arms in protest with the Dundee man on the deck.

SPOT-KICK SINNER…Jason Cummings blasts the award off Jon McLaughlin’s outstretched right leg.

“Having seen it back I think the arm catches him, as well. TV footage will maybe show that better. I am looking at it from a high camera.

“We miss the penalty, but we still have half-an-hour to play with 11 v 10.

“I like the rule that if you make a genuine attempt it’s not a red card offence, but Paul McMullan is clearly by him by the time he makes an attempt.”

McPake clashed with Madden after Joe Aribo’s first-half strike made certain all three points would be heading back to Glasgow with the champions.

He continued: “I got an explanation out of Bobby. I have a fantastic relationship with Bobby.

“In the end, he became unapproachable and said: ‘I am not speaking to you about it, I can’t talk about an incident’ and then you get the ‘you missed the penalty anyway’ shout.

“We know that, I watched it.”

HAPPIER TIMES…Leigh Griffiths on the day he agreed Dundee loan.

Despite being charged by Police Scotland after booting a flare at St Johnstone fans during Dundee’s 2-0 Premier Sports League Cup quarter-final, Leigh Griffiths, on a season-long loan from Celtic, was in the home side’s starting line-up.

The former Scotland international frontman was forced off injured in the 38th minute with spot-kick culprit Cummings taking his place.

McPake, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, added: “It’s an ankle issue. It’s something that will have a chance to clear up over the next week.

“Jason Cummings was excellent when he came on. I was worried about putting him on so early because that boy has had Covid twice and he wasn’t well through the week.

“Paul McMullan caused them all sorts of problems through the middle.

“I feel like a broken record but we should have come out of the game with something.

“I am extremely proud of my players, the way they handled a very good side, but gutted for them that they have come away with nothing.

“We had other chances as well, so we can’t put it down to the penalty.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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