On Wednesday afternoon, reports confirmed Rangers and Allan McGregor had failed in their appeal against a two-match ban for violent conduct.

Speaking to PLZ Soccer, Barry Ferguson says he believes the keeper was unfortunate.

The veteran was cited for a challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.

The Rangers no.1 was banned retrospectively. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rushing out to mop up an attempted through ball, he left his leg in and caught the midfielder on the shin.

It was certainly reckless, but many feel it was no worse than that committed by Killie’s Alan Power, at the weekend.

 

The victim of McGregor’s challenge, is the nephew of former Rangers skipper, Barry Ferguson.

Lewis Ferguson was not injured, and played for the Dons in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Yet, despite the familial connection, he has come out in support of his former teammate.

“I bumped into Allan on Sunday and asked him”, Ferguson told PLZ Soccer.

“We were talking about it and, I’ll be honest with you, I looked him in the eyes and asked: ‘Did you mean it?’ And his words were: ‘Look Baz, I’m coming out to protect myself.”

McGregor and Ferguson taking to the field together back in 2008. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“And I honestly believe that. Was it high? Of course it was high. Could it have been worse than it was? It could have been.”

“…I know Allan and the type of guy he is – do I think he’s gone out to hurt somebody? No I don’t.”

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