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Rangers trio set for bans

1st April 2019, 13:20 by Andy Schooler

Rangers are set to lose three players to suspension - and maybe more - in the fallout from Sunday's Old Firm derby.

Celtic won 2-1 at Parkhead to take full control of the Premiership title race as they are now 13 points clear with only seven games remaining, and all but certain to claim their eighth successive championship.

However, the result was largely overshadowed by poor discipline on the pitch, with Alfredo Morelos sent off in the first half for lashing out at Scott Brown, who had appeared to deliberately tripped him off the ball.

There were five other yellow cards shown during the game, with referee Bobby Madden producing another – a second of the day for Andy Halliday - following a post-match melee prompted by Brown's celebrations in front of the Rangers fans.

In addition, Scottish FA action against Ryan Kent seems likely. He shoved Brown in the face in aftermath of James Forrest's winning goal although the incident was apparently missed by Madden and his officiating team.

Morelos' red card was his fifth of the season and he is now staring at a four-game ban, an automatic two-match penalty being increased due to his awful disciplinary record. Halliday will also have to serve a suspension, with Kent likely to do so, too.

The SFA will need to read their compliance officer's report before opening disciplinary proceedings, but it is set to be a busy week at Hampden.

That report will likely contain plenty about the scenes after the final whistle, which saw Celtic defender Mikael Lustig's shirt ripped. The Swede and team-mate Kristoffer Ajer were involved in the scuffles, as were Rangers' Wes Foderingham and Daniel Candeias.

Speaking about Morelos' latest indiscretion, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said the player would be fined.

"I'll continue to protect him, support him and love him, because of the player and the person he is," he said.

"But I've got to draw a line. He'll be punished. I'll recommend to the board he's fined a week's wages – and that the money should go to the supporters who came today.

"They are the ones who'll suffer from his lack of discipline, along with his team-mates. Will he get the message? That's a question you'll have to ask the player himself. I'm sitting here hoping and wishing and waiting."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Andy Schooler

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