Tommy Wright: Ryan Jack’s winning goal for Rangers against Kilmarnock should have been disallowed by the referee

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KILMARNOCK manager Tommy Wright tonight claimed a Rangers player handled the ball before Ryan Jack scored the winner for Steven Gerrard’s team at Ibrox.

Jack fired past Colin Doyle seven minutes before half-time and his strike ultimately secured a narrow victory for the runaway Premiership leaders.

However, new Rugby Park boss Wright felt the midfielder’s goal shouldn’t have been allowed to stand by referee Don Robertson. 

“I was disappointed at the goal on two points,” he said. “One, we should clear our lines better. Two, it was hand ball. After the header it hits the Rangers player’s hand. The official should see that. It was a great finish from Jack, we can’t do much about that.”

Kilmarnock had a penalty claim turned down late on when substitute Danny Whitehall went down following a challenge by Rangers centre half Leon Balogun.

Wright felt that Robertson got that call correct because contact was made outside of the area – but questioned why his side weren’t awarded a free-kick.

“At normal speed it looks like a penalty,” he said. “But I have seen it back, slowed down, and it was just outside the box so somehow he has got the right decision.

“But he has told our players that it was a foul and not a penalty. So I am still, 40 minutes after the game, trying to work that one out.”

Wright, whose side has now lost both of the games he has taken charge of, was disappointed Kilmarnock didn’t test Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor more.

“We got into good areas, but the second ball, lack of commitment and belief in the final third meant we didn’t work the goalkeeper,” he said. “I don’t think we had a shot on target so that is something that has got to improve.

“Whilst there are positives in terms of the effort and work rate and the shape we had, ultimately there is huge disappointment that we didn’t do enough in the final third.

“The work rate, commitment, the attitude of players, I can’t fault, but on the run we are on on there seems to be that lack of belief in that final third.

“We didn’t have huge opportunities in that final third, but the opportunities we had we should have made more of.”

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