Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes his side were denied a certain penalty early on during their 2-1 defeat to Hibernian today.

Right at the start of the encounter at Easter Road, Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson clattered into Rangers midfielder Jason Holt, bringing him down in the penalty area.

The Gers appealed for a spot-kick, but saw the referee wave away their protests. In the end, with Hibernian running out 2-1 winners, the incident proved to be crucial and Warburton does not understand why his side were not given a penalty. And it is an opinion strengthened he feels by a TV replay of the challenge.

"I thought it was a nailed-on penalty", the manager told Rangers TV.

"The cameras have said it was a penalty, everyone I’ve spoken to has said it was a penalty, but is it maybe too early in the game to give a good decision? I don’t know", Warburton continued.


"But the fact of the matter is it looked clear to everyone else apart from the guys that matter."

Hibernian have now cut the gap between themselves and Championship leaders Rangers to just five points and are within striking distance of Warburton's men.

Heading into today's game, Rangers had won all eleven of their eleven league fixtures, but surrendered their impressive record at Easter Road.