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Free-kick decision could have gone either way, says Rangers midfielder Nicky Law

The former Motherwell man admitted the Gers were given a helping hand against Falkirk.

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law has admitted that the decision to award Rangers the free-kick from which James Tavernier restored scored their second, could have gone either way.

The challenge in question came on the 80th minute as Mark Warburton’s men pushed for a winner and the decision to award it was meet with ire by Bairns boss Peter Houston.

Tom Taiwo met Law with a forceful challenge as the ball broke on the edge of the box but did make contact with the ball first.

His follow through was deemed a foul by John McKendrick and Tavernier stepped up to put the Gers in the driving seat with the game in its dying embers.

Law spoke to STV Sport earlier today and was honest in his assessment of the incident.

“It could have gone 50/50, it’s split opinion right down the middle and it’s tough for referees to call,” said the 27-year old.

When asked if he had sympathy for the plight of Falkirk and Houston – who faces an SFA charge for his post-match comments – Law replied:

“Yeah of course, like I say it was a 50/50 and I don’t think we would have had any complaints if the referee hadn’t have given it but in the footage you can see why he has given it.

“The contact is there, it isn’t a dive or anything like that – it’s just the momentum of both players clashing.”

Law’s comments are a refreshing change of tact in the age of guarded, bland media interviews and on repeat viewing of the incident, his assessment is spot on.

Taiwo did indeed get a touch on the ball, but he was never in control of it and the issue then comes down to whether the tackle was overly aggressive and McKendrick deemed it was on this occasion.

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