Frank McAvennie claims Rangers face a “really tough decision” on whether to terminate Chris McKee’s contract amid the latest Ibrox controversy.

The former Celtic hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to the news that loaned-out youngster McKee was sent off for Brechin City after allegedly using homophobic language.

The centre-forward, 19, has spent the second half of the season on loan at Brechin and led the attack in the League Two play-off final.

In the first half of the clash against Kelty Hearts, he was sent off for using “foul and abusive language of a homophobic nature”. [Glasgow Live]

A club spokesperson told the Daily Record Rangers will “investigate this incident thoroughly” in the aftermath of the sending-off.

The youngster still has one year remaining on his current Rangers deal.

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McAvennie claims accusations of this nature can stick with a player for the rest of their career, even if proved to be false.

“A lot of people fling crap at Rangers,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Nothing has been confirmed or reported yet. He’s not been charged by the SFA. 

“It could stick with him for his career. Mud sticks. It takes a while to shake something like that off. 

“He’s a young boy and if he’s guilty he needs to be educated. Things get said on the football pitch but some things just don’t belong on there. 

“Things are sometimes said in the heat of the moment, I’m not justifying what he may have said.

“We have to see what happens but if he’s guilty, they could terminate his deal. They face a really tough decision on keeping him.”

In other news, Ipswich Town are readying a big-money offer for a Rangers star in Ibrox contract talks.