By Danny Wright

5th Mar, 2017 | 11:53am

Garner responds to Imrie cage fight jibe after Rangers win against Hamilton

By Danny Wright

Joe Garner has shrugged off Dougie Imrie’s criticism of his horror tackle during Rangers’ 6-0 win over Hamilton on Saturday.

Imrie was quoted by the Daily Record as claiming that the challenge was something that he would expect to see in a UFC fight, but the Gers striker believes that to be an overreaction and he was never worried about being sent off by the referee.

The 28-year-old also added that he spoke to Imrie after the game and he said that he was fine.

“I don’t think I got lucky with the challenge, in terms of staying on the park,” said Garner, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I’ve just watched it back and I didn’t make too much contact. I went in to see him after the game and he’s fine.

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“If he’s said it’s a UFC challenge, I’d say watch it back.

“I wasn’t worried about getting a red card. I went in to tackle him and he’s took a decent touch around me.”

The former Preston man came off the bench at half-time to replace Kenny Miller and he scored a second half hat-trick to help secure his side a place in the Scottish Cup semi final.

Garner also spent 10 minutes off the pitch in what was a busy 45 minutes of action for the striker, as he received treatment for a nasty clash of heads with a Hamilton defender.

Martyn Waghorn, Jon Toral and Clint Hill grabbed the other goals to round off the rout which saw the Light Blues book their place in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Hibernian are the only other side in the draw at the moment, but Celtic face St. Mirren and Aberdeen host Partick Thistle in their respective ties on Sunday.

Garner will miss Rangers’ next game which is a massive Old Firm derby against their inner-city rivals.

The striker picked up his sixth yellow card of the season in the loss to Dundee in February and by Scottish FA rules, his ban doesn’t come into effect until 14 days later.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty angers the squad after their win over Hamilton.

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