Aaron Muirhead insists Rangers defeat will not deflect Falkirk from play-off aim


BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press

Aaron Muirhead insists Falkirk’s disputed defeat to Rangers last time out will not dampen belief they can secure a shot at promotion this season.

The 3-1 loss at Ibrox a fortnight ago was the Bairns’ first in the league this season after a stretch of four wins and three draws from their opening seven Championship outings.

The controversy of the free-kick that led to Rangers edging in front earned first-team coach Alan Maybury a one-match ban for swearing at referee John McKendrick and manager Peter Houston a Hampden disciplinary hearing later this month for comments about the officials.

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But Muirhead, who has got himself back in the starting line-up in recent weeks, is adamant all the focus has since been on today’s home clash with Morton as he and his team-mates bid to spark another unbeaten run.

The 25-year-old former Partick Thistle player said: “It’s been put to bed. It would be different if you went there and got beaten because you didn’t play well, but I think we gave a good account of ourselves and did all right.

“And, although it’s disappointing to lose the way we did, with a soft free-kick, you’d like to think these things will even themselves out over the course of the season.

“We need to go and try and win every game. I think everybody knows our ambition is to go and make the play-offs.

“By winning games of football that will make it realistic that we can go and do that.

“There’s no reason with the squad of players we’ve got that we can’t go and make the play-offs and be challenging up at the top end.

“We showed against Rangers that we could match them for a good spell. It was 1-1 up to 80 minutes and then it was a soft goal we lost.

“The boys believe and the manager and the coaching staff all believe that we can be up there challenging.”