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Gerrard rues McGregor's moment of madness with goalkeeper facing ban

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Red mist: Allan McGregor got his marching orders
Red mist: Allan McGregor got his marching orders

By Gavin McCafferty

Steven Gerrard admitted he was running out of ideas to tackle Rangers' discipline problems after Allan McGregor's "moment of madness" earned a late red card against Hibernian.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper kicked out at Marc McNulty in the 89th minute of Rangers' 1-0 win at Ibrox - moments after making a brilliant close-range stop from Florian Kamberi.

Rangers had to see out a dramatic finale with Ross McCrorie in goal, having used all three substitutes. McCrorie did not have any chance to show whether he shares any of the goalkeeping talent of his twin brother and Rangers team-mate Robby, who is on loan at Morton.

But McGregor's acrobatic kick at McNulty following a kick-out from his hands will see him miss the final two games of the season - including next weekend's visit of Celtic - as well as the first game of next term.

The Rangers manager said: "I can't defend it. He pulls a world-class save off to get us three important points and then he has a moment of madness.

"It's frustrating because we will miss our number one keeper now and that will start with a very important game next week."

The red card was Rangers' 12th of the season.

Added Gerrard: "The players are not helping themselves but I'm running out of things to do to address it.

"I don't want to be one of these managers who takes money out of the players' pockets, it's not the type of man I am. But they leave me with no other option."

RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan, Davis, Kamara (McCrorie, 80 mins), Jack, Arfield, Kent (Candeias, 46 mins), Defoe (Morelos, 74 mins). Unused subs: Foderingham, Worrall, Halliday, Barisic.

HIBERNIAN: Marciano, Gray, Hanlon, Milligan (Murray, 78 mins), Horgan (Agyepong, 62 mins), McNulty, Gauld (Kamberi, 62 mins), Mallan, Stevenson, McGregor, Omeonga. Unused subs: Bogdan, Bartley, Spector, Shaw.

Referee: Bobby Madden

Man of the match: Ofir Marciano

Match rating: 6/10

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