By Harvey Byrne
Rangers striker Joe Garner has been suspended for his side’s Old Firm derby clash against Celtic in March – and Hoops fans on Twitter believe it will be a detriment to their own team.
The 28-year-old striker received his sixth yellow card of the Premiership campaign on Sunday against Dundee, meaning he will now miss his side’s vital clash against Celtic.
Under Scottish Football Association rules a player is usually suspended for a minimum of one match after picking up six bookings, but the ban doesn’t come into place until 14 days after the offence, meaning he will be out of the clash at Celtic Park on March 12.
The powerful striker has delivered a poor return of just four goals and two assists in 24 appearances for Rangers since moving from Preston in the summer and a number of Celtic fans on social media were clear that they would rather he played.
Many of the Hoops fans joked about the suspension with some claiming they wanted to appeal, while others shared that it had been a boost to Rangers.
One fan even pointed out that the striker had more bookings than goals in his Rangers career.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Big advantage for Rangers in next months Derby as Joe Garner is now suspended 🙁
— Neil1888 (@Menstriebhoy) February 19, 2017
Joe Garner suspended for the game against us. He's got more bookings than goals.
— TheMaestro1888 (@TheMaestro1888) February 19, 2017
For every goal Joey Garner scores he'll pick up a suspension
— micky lisbon (@mickyb67) February 19, 2017
— matt mcglone (@MattMcGlone9) February 19, 2017
Joey Garner there, getting himself suspended from the next old firm game. Clever bloke
— Callum (@callumhorgan_) February 19, 2017
Remarkably Garner’s first goal for Rangers came against Celtic in their 5-1 defeat in September, but he will now be unable to add to his tally in the Old Firm Derby until next season if he is still with the Ibrox giants.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has responded to reported interest in this 29-year-old.