ROB KIERNAN will be charged with violent conduct for an incident during Rangers’ draw with St Johnstone on Wednesday.

The central defender clashed with Perth captain Steven Anderson shortly before half-time during the 1-1 stalemate at McDiarmid Park.

TV cameras caught the flashpoint moment when Kiernan appeared to punch his rival defender.

The incident occurred shortly after a poor back-pass from the Ibrox player gifted Steven MacLean the equaliser.

Kiernan has until Wednesday to decide whether he will accept the punishment – leaving him free to face Celtic in today’s Glasgow derby at Ibrox.

The SFA confirmed Kiernan’s charge in a statement: “In that on or around the 42nd minute of the above match you committed an offence listed in the Schedule of Offences contained in Annex C to the Judicial Panel Protocol, namely A2, Violent Conduct.

“That you committed this offence by striking an opponent, namely Steven Anderson of St Johnstone Football Club, upon the body. That by committing this offence you breached Disciplinary Rule 200 of the Scottish FA’s Disciplinary Rules.”

Kiernan can expect a two-game ban if he accepts the charge


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