Rangers handed boost as key rival star could be ruled out of Premiership grudge match
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Rangers handed boost as key Hibs star set to miss Easter Road clash

Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Hibs will be without key player Christian Doidge when the Ibrox club come to visit Easter Road next week.

This comes after the big Welsh striker was sent off for violent conduct in the Hibees’ 1-0 defeat to Ross County in the Premiership in midweek.

The result – which is Hibs’ fifth straight Scottish Premiership defeat – was compounded by two red cards in the match to both Doidge and Hampden hattrick hero Martin Boyle.

However, under SFA rules only Doidge will serve a two-match punishment due to the manner of his sending off.

Straight red cards for violent conduct – of which Doidge was guilty – result in immediate two-match bans whilst the use of abusive language – the justification for Boyle’s red – is a one match suspension [section 4:2 SFA rules]. Both are currently set to miss the match with St Johnstone.

It’s a boost to Rangers in their quest to exact revenge on Hibs for their Premier Sports Cup victory over the Ibrox side and a real chance for the side to bounce back.

New Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has his work cut out in the early days of his Ibrox tenure with Rangers set to visit Livingston and Hibs in the Scottish Premiership after a crunch Europa League clash with Sparta Prague.

But whilst as things stand Doidge will miss the clash with Rangers, Hibs boss Jack Ross claimed after the match that he’s considering appealing the red card.

Hibs to consider appealing Doidge red card ahead of Rangers clash at Easter Road

“As things stand we will be without two of them [for St Johnstone], although that might change,” said Ross [Scottish Sun].

“I have not looked closely enough at Christian’s yet so if we have been harshly dealt with then I’ll protect the player.

“At the time I thought it was harsh, I was told it was for violent conduct and from my position I can’t see how that was the case.

“But the referee was a lot closer than me so I will look at it again.

“Martin’s one is an interesting one because it’s down to something he said.

“The referee has told me it was directed at him personally, but Martin has told me he said it about his performance.

Hibs could be without Christian Doidge for the visit of Rangers at Easter Road next week. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“To me that’s two different things and the reaction should be different.

“At the moment I’m not sure how that pans out, especially from how it’s looked at.

“It’s difficult then to say how one person is right and how one is wrong. We will need to look at that tomorrow morning.”

Meanwhile, a Dutch Ibrox legend and former van Bronckhorst teammate is the latest to rail at Connor Goldson for his now infamous post-Hibs comments.

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