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12th Jan, 2017 | 11:08pm

Rangers handed major boost ahead of Motherwell clash - report

By Matt Farr

Rangers have been handed a major boost as Rob Kieran will be back in contention to face Motherwell later this month – according to a report.

Kiernan was charged with violent conduct after allegedly punching St. Johnstone defender Stephan Anderson in their Scottish Premiership meeting on December 28, and faced a two-match ban.

The 25-year-old escaped punishment from referee Crawford Allan on the night, but the Scottish Football Association (SFA) threatened retrospective action, and Kiernan later landed a charge and a ban.

However, following a successful appeal, the Scottish Sun has revealed that the charge has since been dropped by the SFA, and Kiernan will now be available to face Motherwell in Rangers’ next game on January 21.

The former Republic of Ireland youth international has been a valuable player for Mark Warburton this season, and has accumulated 23 appearances in all competitions.

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He has started 18 of Rangers’ 21 league games this term, and will be expected to retain his place in the starting XI against Motherwell, which will come as a major boost to Warburton and Rangers.

New signings Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral could also be in line to feature, having both signed on loan until the end of the season.

There are doubts, however, as to the availability of striker Joe Garner, who dislocated his shoulder in the clash against rivals Celtic on New Year’s Eve.

In other Rangers news, Jon Toral has revealed who inspired him to move to Ibrox.

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