KENNY Miller says Rangers had no excuse not to beat Falkirk and especially not because the Bairns scored an incorrectly given third minute penalty.
The striker was watching from the bench when Danny Wilson brought down Will Vaulks outside the area and Willie Collum pointed to the spot.
Although he was sure from his naked eye view it was the wrong call he insists Gers should have won the game regardless.
Martyn Waghorn also had a 90th minute penalty saved in the game and Miller said Gers deserved a chance given their possession stats but they should have created better of their own.
The 35-year-old said: “I have not seen it on the TV but it looked outside the box to me and referees have got tough jobs to make quick, correct decisions on the spot and hopefully they get them right.
“To me it looked a little bit outside the box and I think the replays have confirmed that but that was in the first five minutes and we had another 85 minutes to go and win the game.
“That decision had no bearing on how or why we haven’t won the game.”
“You lose games in all kinds of circumstances and that penalty was an opportunity, did we deserve it? On the amount of the ball we had then we probably deserved to get something out of the game.
“It was one of those days when the keeper has pulled off a fantastic save in the last minute to keep the three points.
“How many penalties have we had this year and you’ve seen Waggy put them in, it was another good save from their goalkeeper to get them the victory so all credit to them.
“If you look at the game and the balance of chances then both teams had great chances to score, both keepers have had really good days and made two or three really good saves each.
“Over the piece it was probably a level game and we are always going to have the majority of the ball, the way we play and the way we set out to play and the style of football we play.”
“We want to have the majority of the ball but sometimes we just have to make a little bit more of it, maybe on our final pass and we went a little bit sloppy toward the end of the first-half.”
Wes Foderingham had to pull off a string of superb saves to deny Falkirk time and time again but it didn’t stop the Championship’s third placed team succeeding in the end.
Rangers loss means Hibs will be second only on goal difference on Christmas Day, if they beat Queen of the South at Easter Road.
Miller believes that places more emphasis on the clash three days after Christmas at Ibrox.
The striker continued: “There are some disappointed lads in there; we gave up two easy goals but the quality we have in that dressing room we should be able to deal with that and create more chances to get back into the game.
“We got a goal back pretty quick and responded pretty well and I thought we were pretty dominant in the first half.
“When you lose a goal again in the second half it is always going to be an uphill struggle because they have something to hold onto.
“Wes made some cracking saves to keep it at 2-1 and give us that opportunity but it clearly wasn’t our day.
“Monday was going to be a huge game no matter what but the bottom line is we will still be sitting top of the league come tonight no matter what happens.”
“We can’t control that now, our game has gone and we are now firmly focussed on next week. It’s at home, a must win and let’s hope it’s three points in the bag.
“Yes we’re disappointed but we have to move on and these things happen in football and everything is now looking forward to that huge game on the 28th.”