When Rangers return to domestic football with a Scottish Premiership fixture against Motherwell at the weekend, they will have to make do without Daniel Candeias.
The Portuguese winger received a second yellow card in the game against St Mirren last Saturday following an altercation with Anton Ferdinand after the Light Blues scored a last-minute goal to ensure they took all three points.
Candeias, who netted the opening goal ten minutes earlier and was subsequently booked for his celebration, had his appeal on the grounds of mistaken identity dismissed by the Scottish FA and will now face a one-match ban.
Steven Gerrard called the sending off ‘embarrassing’ and it appears that many of the fans on social media have joined him in having the same reaction after the verdict was announced on Thursday.
Many of the supporters have called for the rules to be looked at and possibly changed after TV evidence appears to suggest the player was innocent in the whole affair.
And they are quite simply right, should the SFA decided to have used a little bit of common sense about the situation, then this mess would not have arisen and many would not be questioning their integrity further than some already do.
The 30-year-old has played a key role for the Light Blues this season and has made a significant contribution as the Gers look to mount a challenge in domestic football.
Candeias, who arrived in the summer of 2017 from Benfica for a fee thought to be in the range of £720k (per Transfermarkt), has quickly gone on to make himself a fan favourite with those at Ibrox.
Given their recent injury concerns, with Ryan Kent having suffered a hamstring injury, it will make the winger’s suspension all the more frustrating and his absence will come as a blow to their chances.
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