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29th Dec, 2016 | 4:45pm

Rangers defender available for selection against Celtic - report

By Emma Sanders

Rob Kiernan will be available for selection against Celtic despite facing a possible misconduct charge, according to a report.

The Rangers defender allegedly punched Steven Anderson during the disappointing 1-1 draw against St Johnstone on Wednesday but he could be in line to take on Celtic in Saturday’s showdown.

The Press Association, as cited by the Mail, claim manager Mark Warburton is likely to select Kiernan because no disciplinary action can be taken ahead of the clash against Celtic.

Rangers could be without Lee Wallace and Clint Hill, who will both face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s match so Kiernan’s availability will be a huge boost.

Pictures and video footage of the incident have shown the Gers defender clearly aiming a punch at Anderson so it is likely he will face a punishment.

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According to the report, the SFA have two days to raise a complaint but Kiernan does not need to respond any earlier than three days so he has until Monday before any action can be taken.

Kiernan has been a regular first team player under Warburton this season but the Scottish international had a game to forget against St Johnstone.

He was at fault for the equalising goal and seems to vent off his frustration with an uncharacteristic lash at opponent Anderson.

Rangers are now 16 points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table ahead of the eagerly anticipated Old Firm clash this weekend.

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