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Rangers set to appeal Kiernan's red card

By Andy Newport

Rangers hope to rescue Rob Kiernan's chances of facing Celtic next week by appealing his sending-off against St Johnstone.

The centre-back was dismissed during Wednesday night's win after a lunge on Graham Cummins.

He faces a two-match ban that would rule him out of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final with Hamilton and the showdown with Brendan Rodgers' Hoops on March 12. But caretaker boss Graeme Murty confirmed Rangers plan to challenge referee Kevin Clancy's call.

The appeal would go ahead next Thursday, freeing Kiernan to face Accies, but leaving his side sweating over the big clash.

Murty said: "We will have to put some more meat on the bones of the appeal, but I think it is definitely worth an appeal."

Gers midfielder Jon Toral, meanwhile, has admitted he is not surprised to see ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett being linked with the manager's post.

Arsenal loanee Toral, who spent last season working with Rowett at St Andrews said: It was a great season for me at Birmingham. Gary is a great manager, I enjoyed my time with him and I really learned a lot.

"I'm not really surprised (by the links with Rangers). I think he's going to be named for every job that comes around."

Alex McLeish and little-known Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha are also understood to be on the shortlist, with a decision likely to be announced next week.

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