MICHAEL BEALE admitted Rangers got lucky in the 2-1 win over dogged Ross County at Ibrox.

The encounter was deadlocked at 1-1 when Borna Barisic it a free-kick from just outside the box that took a massive deflection off the wall to completely wrong foot keeper Ross Laidlaw.

Beale had watched his side cut the gap at the top of the table to six points on the day with pacesetters Celtic due to play St Johnstone in Perth this afternoon.

The Govan gaffer said: “One-nil is a dangerous scoreline because we were particularly wasteful in the final third.

“In that last five or 10 minutes, we looked very tense and it shouldn’t be like that at Ibrox.

“We got a little bit fortunate with Borna’s goal, but on another day we should score more because we have dominated the game.”

Beale also handed credit to Malky Mackay and his Dingwall side as he continued: “Malky will be delighted with the way his team played within the game.

“I didn’t think their keeper had to make too many saves, having said that we had a lot of possession in their final third.

“We have played three matches this week and we have won all three, so we can’t be too harsh.”

Beale fears John Lundstram is set for a spell on the sidelines after the midfielder damaged an ankle against the Highlanders.

The Englishman lasted barely 10 minutes of the match and Beale, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, said: “John’s injury destabilised us a little bit. He is very important to our structure.

“He has gone to block his shot, he rolled his ankle, it looks like quite a nasty one, we will scan in the next 24 hours and update afterwards.”

Beale also said it would be on Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos if they decided their futures lay elsewhere.

He admitted his relationship is strong with both players who are out of contract in the summer and he also stressed his aim to land Bayern Munich loan star Malik Tillman on a long-term deal, with an agreed fee written into his arrangement with the German giants.

Beale added: “Listen, there is the players having their ideas and the club having theirs. I am navigating through both of that.

“Everyone knows my relationship with Ryan and Alfredo is really really strong.

“They have both been here a long time and if they chose not to be here that would be on them.

“I would like them both to remain, but that has all got to fit in with their plans and the club’s plans, as well.

“Malik is a no brainer for me, I would like him to be here for a number of years.

“He is an excellent young player and he is enjoying his football here.”

It was the American midfielder who got the ball rolling with the opener against County in first-half stoppage-time, but that was wiped out by Jordan White’s towering header in the 65th minute.

Ten minutes later, it looked as though the Dingwall striker got the deciding touch to Barisic’s free-kick to flummox his own keeper.


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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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