Rangers manager Alex McLeish felt sorry for former Everton
defender Michael Ball following his misfortune at Ibrox on
The 23-year-old star was making his 'second' debut for
the 'Gers against his old club after a nightmare two years with
a serious knee injury.
Things didn't get any better for Ball though as he deflected
Alan Stubbs' last minute free-kick into his own goal to give
Everton victory after earlier conceding a penalty following a
challenge on Tomasz Radzinski.
McLeish appreciated that there was little his player could do
about the free-kick, but he felt the penalty incident was a little
He said: "Poor Bally. He has deflected it past Stefan Klos
when it was right in Stefan's hands and he has been unlucky
with the penalty.
"There are suggestions that Radzinski took a dive and it
wouldn't be the first time. But I thought he put his foot in
and putting your foot in is always a risk.''
McLeish was forced to pick a makeshift team against the Toffees
due to a number of injuries and despite the result he wasn't
too downhearted with his side's performance.
He added: "It was a spirited performance with the players
we had missing. Sometimes you think, 'Is this going to be too
much for the lads who come in?' But I thought they showed up
McLeish added: "The disappointing aspect was to lose the
third goal the way we did. The cheap free-kick given away was