Two bouts of bad news arrived for Rangers last night.
Firstly, it was reported by the Daily Record that Allan McGregor had been cited by the SFA for his challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson. The keeper now faces a two-match ban.
Secondly, the same publication later reported that the club lost its appeal against Alfredo Morelos’ dismissal against the same opposition.
He faces a three, rather than two-match ban, because it’s his second sending off in the same SPL season.
However, Morelos’ misfortune could be Kyle Lafferty’s gain.
During Friday’s press conference, Gary McAllister said, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account, “We have various shapes, teams and personnel in mind if Alfredo is not available.”
Lafferty is sure to be at least in the mix for a starting berth.
He took his only opportunity of note in 2019 so far, by scoring in the previous round of the Cup at Cowdenbeath.
That strike ended a 16-game goalless streak for club and country.
Such a barren spell is a reflection of how hard the big striker has found it to make an impression, during his second spell at the club.
All is not lost though and over the next few weeks, he has a further opportunity to impress.
Rangers need goals from other sources while El Buffalo is out, and Lafferty could be the man to provide them.
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