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24th Oct, 2017 | 4:24pm

Rangers handed key player blow, set for spell on sidelines - report

By James Black

Rangers defender Bruno Alves looks set for a spell on the sidelines after being hit with a two-match ban, according to a report.

Sportsmail claims on their official Scottish sport Twitter account that key player Alves has been punished for kicking out at Motherwell striker Louis Moult during Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final loss at Hampden Park.

Alves and Moult came together late on in the 2-0 win for Motherwell at the national stadium with both players aiming kicks at one another.

Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennon is understood to have since looked at the footage and slapped Alves with a two-game ban.

Since it’s a retrospective ban as there was no action in the game, Rangers won’t need to immediately accept it and could still field Alves against Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

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As yet, there’s no word on if Moult will also be cited for his kick at Alves while both of the players were on the ground or whether action will be taken against Ryan Bowman after the striker broke Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso’s nose with an elbow.

After losing to Motherwell in Sunday’s semi-final, pressure is really building around Pedro Caixinha’s Ibrox future and possibly missing his marquee signing for two games could put the final nail in the coffin for him as Rangers boss.

Despite missing at least three red cards on the pitch on Sunday, referee Steven McLean did manage to send off both side’s managers after Caixinha lost his cool when McLean allowed play to continue as Cardoso lay on the pitch with blood pouring from his smashed nose.

In other Rangers news, this Gers first-teamer has attended hospital after the game on Sunday.

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