ST JOHNSTONE defender Steven Anderson believes Rangers’ Rob Kiernan will be hammered by the SFA after punching him in the stomach during last night’s 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park.
The Ibrox centre-half was seen lashing out just before the interval, but the incident was missed by referee Crawford Allan.
Kiernan can receive retrospective punishment, but the TV footage won’t be studied by the officials until after the New Year – freeing up the former Wigan man to face Celtic on Saturday.
Anderson insisted it was a clear dig – and he warned his opponent he’ll be facing a SFA rap.
The Perth star claimed: “Yes, Kiernan punched me. It was a corner and he caught me in the ribs. Brian Easton saw it, as well. It was a clear punch on me.
“If that’s the way he wants to play, then it’s up to him – but he is going to get done for it.
“You can’t do that in football games. I’m not bothered, but if it gets highlighted then he deserves it.
“There was nothing happened before it. I was marking him at a corner and there was a bit of argy bargy – then he punched me.
“The referee said he did not see it and you can understand it because there was a lot going on in the box. The linesman has probably not seen it, either.
“I didn’t shake hands with Kiernan after the game, but only because I was too busy shaking other people’s hands and clapping the crowd.”
He said: “I haven’t seen the incident. I’ll watch it again when I get home.
“As for the goal, it was a mistake. We are all human. Show me someone who doesn’t make mistakes.