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Morelos is a sorry boy as he's hit with a huge ban

Rangers' Alfredo Morelos leaves the pitch after being shown a red card by referee Bobby Madden during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 31, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Alfredo Morelos leaves the pitch after being shown a red card by referee Bobby Madden during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 31, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has issued an apology after being banned for four matches following his his fifth dismissal of the season in Sunday's Old Firm derby.

The Colombian saw red for an off-the-ball elbow on Celtic skipper Scott Brown in the Gers' 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park

His manager, Steven Gerrard, said after the game that he could no longer defend Morelos after another costly incident.

Morelos said in a post on his Twitter account: "I would like to offer an apology to all the fans, my team-mates and the coaching staff for what happened in yesterday's match.

"I promise to do everything in my power to ensure that nothing like that happens again & to give the club and the fans my all. Thanks for the support and affection you've always given me."

Andy Halliday will also miss Wednesday's visit of Hearts after receiving a second yellow card at the end of match, after taking exception to Brown's celebrations.

Gers goalscorer Ryan Kent will discover today whether he faces a ban after lashing out at Brown in the wake of James Forrest's 85th-minute winner.

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty may now be given a chance to replace Morelos.

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