MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 23:45:15
Dec 19, 2015 at 12.30pm UK at ​Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 7,488
FalkirkFalkirk
2-1
RangersRangers
Baird (3' pen.), Vaulks (55')
FT(HT: 1-1)
McKay (16')

Result: Late drama as Rangers go down in Falkirk

Rangers have a late penalty saved as they go down 2-1 at fellow promotion contenders Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

Scottish Championship leaders Rangers had a late penalty saved as they went down 2-1 at fellow promotion contenders Falkirk in the league's early kickoff on Saturday afternoon.

There was controversy in the third minute when referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot after Rangers centre-back Danny Wilson brought down Will Vaulks as he charged forward.

Replays showed that the challenge was two yards outside of the area but top scorer John Baird stepped up and made no mistake to put the hosts ahead.

Mark Warburton's side looked uncomfortable in the early stages but managed to restore parity against the run of play on 16 minutes when on-loan Spurs winger Nathan Oduwa found Billie McKay at the back post.

Falkirk should have been back in front 10 minutes later but for an error of judgment from Baird. Seventeen-year-old Kevin O'Hara's strike was destined past Wes Foderingham in the Gers goal but an offside Baird collected the ball on the line for a tap-in.

Rangers grew in confidence as the half progressed, with Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier spurning good chances to leave the scores tied going into the break.

After the restart, the visitors fell flat again and were punished for their lack of creativity as the hour mark approached when Vaulks shot low and hard through a busy box to restore Falkirk's lead.

Moments later it was almost three when a bending shot from O'Hara was denied by Foderingham, who showed good reaction to dart left and get his fingertips to the ball.

Warburton brought on Nicky Law and Kenny Miller with 25 minutes remaining as his side searched for an equaliser. The substitutions brought about more chances, but Falkirk keeper Danny Rogers was equal to every effort that came his way.

With the visitors' hopes fading, Rangers were offered the chance to salvage a point in the dying moments when Collum awarded a penalty after Blair Alston handled the ball in the area.

Waghorn stepped up for the kick but once again Rogers was the hero as his save in the right corner secured all three points to bring Falkirk within two points of the top two and condemn Rangers to just their second league defeat of the season.

The result means that chasing Hibernian can go level on points with the Glasgow side at the top of the division if they defeat Queen of the South later this afternoon.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton arrives at the ground during the Scottish Championships match between Greenock Morton FC and Rangers at Cappielow Park on September 27, 2015 in Greenock, Scotland.
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ross County21116435201539
2Ayr United20106434181636
3Dundee UnitedDundee Utd2110653129236
4Queen of the SouthQotS2179533231030
5Inverness Caledonian ThistleInverness2061132722529
6Greenock MortonMorton217772430-628
7Dunfermline AthleticDunfermline216692228-624
8Alloa AthleticAlloa215882330-723
9FalkirkFalkirk2145121832-1417
10Partick Thistle2144131934-1516

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