By James Black

Bruno Alves has had his appeal against a two-match ban rejected by the Scottish FA – meaning the veteran defender will miss the trip to face Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that the SFA have upheld the decision to suspend Alves after kicking out at Motherwell’s Louis Moult during the weekend defeat in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

The incident kicked off a mass altercation with Rangers’ Eduardo Herrera and Moult both picking up bookings.

Alves was the only player to be cited by the Scottish FA compliance officer for retrospective action despite Moult also aiming a kick at Alves and Ryan Bowman smashing Fabio Cardoso’s nose with an elbow.

Rangers released a statement criticising the decision to only punish Alves as “devoid of credibility and balance.”

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With Fabio Cardoso likely missing out through injury, interim boss Graeme Murty faces the prospect of playing Danny Wilson alongside 19-year-old Ross McCrorie at Murrayfield after being handed the major blow that Alves will not be available against Hearts.

Senior player Alves joined the Gers from Cagliari over the summer but has struggled to impose himself on games in the manner Rangers fans had hoped.

The Portugal international has looked off the pace and at times looks to be going through the motions but has still been a mainstay in the Gers’ side.

Alves will also miss the home clash with Partick Thistle.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has slammed Caixinha after his contradictory remarks from the Motherwell loss.

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