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Rangers boss McCoist to avoid crucifixion of referee Collum

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says he will not hang referee Willie Collum out to dry regarding the goal that did not stand in last night's Old Firm derby with Celtic.

'Gers appeared to have hit the lead inside eight minutes at Parkhead when Lee Wallace's back-post header crossed the line before Hoops keeper Fraser Forster pulled it back onto the post and out to safety.

Replays showed the entire ball made its way over the line but the goal was not allowed as Rangers eventually went down 1-0 after Joe Ledley headed the home side in front early in the second half.

Despite the non-call, McCoist says he will avoid criticising the match official and his staff as it really should have been a job for goal-line technology which FIFA continue to refrain from introducing to the game.

"There's no point us mumping and moaning about it. Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't," he said.

"I've seen the replays and reckon it was over the line.

"Lee came in at half-time and he said the same and Nikica Jelavic, who was right on the scene, thought so too.

"But what can you do? I've said all along that we should have goal-line technology, but that's an argument for another day."

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Andrew Slevison
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