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Rangers senior figure banned for Kilmarnock clash - report

By James Black

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will be in the stands as his side take on Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Wednesday after accepting a one-match touchline ban from the Scottish FA, according to a report.

Radio Clyde claimed on their official Twitter account that the Gers senior figure had accepted the charge ahead of the clash against Killie and will not be allowed in the dug-out.

Caixinha was banned after being sent to the stands on Sunday during the 2-0 Scottish League Cup defeat by Motherwell.

The Rangers boss was sent to the stands after an altercation with Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson – who was also sent off – when Well’s Ryan Bowman left Gers defender Fabio Cardoso with a broken nose after an elbow.

The Gers face Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership in Steve Clarke’s first game as Kilmarnock manager but the former West Brom and Reading boss will go head-to-head with Caixinha’s assistant Jose Belman at pitchside.

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Caixinha’s absence shouldn’t make too much difference – if any at all – as previous Rangers managers have often watched the game from the director’s box and communicated with the dugout through a direct phone-line between stand and pitchside.

With first and second place in the table facing off tonight at Pittodrie, a win for the Gers could see them close to within three points of second place.

Caixinha will be free to take his place on the touchline on Saturday when his side travel to Edinburgh to face Hearts at Murrayfield.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd tore into Caixinha after the defeat against Motherwell.

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