RANGERS defender Rob Kiernan has been ruled out of Sunday’s visit to Celtic Park after his appeal against the straight red card he received last midweek at Ibrox against St Johnstone has been dismissed.
The SFA’s Disciplinary Tribunal convened today in accordance with the Judicial Panel Protocol to consider Kiernan’s case.
The Ibrox club spent £1000 to appeal the sending off and thus allowed the player to be free for last Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter final against Hamilton.
Rangers claim of wrongful dismissal for serious foul play was rejected and the player has been issued with an automatic two-match immediate suspension.
This leaves the Ibrox club desperately short in defence for the fourth Glasgow Derby of the season. Celtic won the first in September 5-1, the League Cup semi-final in October finished 1-0 to Celtic and the teams met again at Ibrox on Hogmanay with Celtic recording a 2-1 victory.
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has scored 5 goals in these 3 matches including a hat-trick in the match at Celtic Park.
It is little wonder that Dembele has admitted that he is looking forward to Sunday’s clash.
“But it’s just another game of football so I will treat it as any other game and I will try to go on the pitch and do the best I can and hopefully get the three points,” the French striker told the club’s own TV channel.
“As a player you want to play in the big games.
“I like the environment, the pressure, the fans and everything.
“So yes, I like derby games.”