Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor faces an extended wait to find out whether he will be banned for his challenge on Lewis Ferguson – and it just adds to the farce surrounding the whole thing.

McGregor was due to appear at Hampden today but will now face an extra 24 hours wait, according to the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Allan McGregor of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Scottish FA compliance officer Claire Whyte will review the footage and determine whether McGregor’s two-match ban should be upheld.

The fact it has reached this stage is ridiculous enough but it leaves everyone involved in limbo by delaying it.

The challenge he was cited for was nothing you won’t see on pitches across the country and it is baffling that McGregor faces a ban for it.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Allan McGregor of Rangers gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Spurs’ Hugo Lloris made an identical challenge over the weekend without a word being said.

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Waiting an extra 24 hours leaves Gers boss Steven Gerrard unsure over who will be between the sticks on Saturday.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Allan McGregor of Rangers reacts with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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While his replacement is already known, it would be good for Gerrard to know whether McGregor is available.

 

With no reason seemingly given for the delay, it’s all a bit farcical.

If the ban is upheld, McGregor will also miss the Scottish Cup replay with Kilmarnock.

Wes Foderingham is the obvious replacement for McGregor if he is forced to sit out the next two games.

Hopefully, the Scottish FA see sense and McGregor is free to play this weekend but it seems unlikely.