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14th Jan, 2017 | 9:01am

Chris Sutton blasts SFA over astonishing Rangers decision

By Harvey Byrne

Chris Sutton has labelled the Scottish FA a “laughing stock”after Rangers defender Rob Kiernan escaped punishment for an alleged punch at St Johnstone captain Steven Anderson.

The 25-year-old centre-back was facing a two-match suspension after the incident.

However, the SFA dismissed the violent conduct charge against him on Thursday, clearing him to play in the Gers’ next fixture.

But, outspoken pundit and former Celtic forward Sutton did not agree with the decision and believes it is “ridiculous.”

Sutton even called it “astonishing” as he couldn’t quite believe how Kiernan managed to escape with the cameras appearing to show the incident clearly in his eyes.

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“There’s only one way to describe the SFA’s decision to overturn Rob Kiernan’s ban after the Rangers appeal,” wrote Sutton in his column for the Daily Record.

“Astonishing. The SFA seem to go out of their way to come up with new ways to make themselves look like a laughing stock.

“Before I go on, let’s get one thing straight. I don’t blame Rangers or the player for appealing. Good luck to them. They argued their case and the SFA have deemed it as not proven.

“Well done to them. The were within their rights to have a go and they got their rewards.

“They must have a great lawyer. In fact, the fella looks like the best defender they’ve got. But, frankly, the decision is just ridiculous.

“And not only that, the SFA have now opened a huge can of worms. It’s going to be really interesting going forward, as by overturning the Kiernan decision they are basically saying that type of behaviour is acceptable.

“Let’s look at the facts. Kiernan blatantly threw a punch at Steven Anderson. The St Johnstone captain said as much after the match and the pictures on television were conclusive.”

Kiernan has been an ever-present in Mark Warburton’s side’s back four this campaign, playing in 23 fixtures in all competitions.

Many were expecting him to pick up a ban, but he will now be available to play in Rangers’ next match on 21 January against Motherwell in a Scottish Cup fourth round clash.

Their next league encounter will be played seven days later, which also sees them come up against the Well and Rangers have added two new players since their last league defeat against Celtic.

Warburton has made the decision to bring in midfielders Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral on loan from both Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively and fans will hoping to get a glimpse of their two new signings imminently.

In other Rangers news, this Gers ace has given his verdict on his loan move.

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