As reported by STV, Rangers defender Rob Kiernan has failed in his appeal to rescind a red card received against St Johnstone last week, meaning he will now miss Sunday’s match against Celtic.
— STV Sport (@STVSport) March 9, 2017
A panel that convened at Hampden on Thursday to hear his appeal upheld the original decision to send him off with a straight red for serious foul play.
Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty had previously said the decision from the referee was worth appealing.
As quoted by STV, he said:
Rob made the referee make a decision. We will have to put more meat on the bones for the appeal when we go to the board but I think it’s definitely worth an appeal.
Rob Kiernan hasn’t had the best debut season in the Scottish Premiership, at times contributing to some shambolic defending that has seen the Gers drop points.
As such his suspension has provoked a fair bit of hilarity amongst Celtic supporters who appear to see this as a hindrance to their chances of victory on Sunday. Rangers supporters too can see the funny side, with Kiernan becoming something of a joke figure in recent months.
Fans took to Twitter upon hearing the news to give their thoughts on the failed appeal…
@STVSport That's a massive blow for Celtic. Can Brendan Rodgers appeal?
— Willie Farrelly (@bigwilliebhoy) March 9, 2017
@STVSport Damage limitation. This means we'll concede 2 less goals thanks to this… ????
— Ray (@rc89_) March 9, 2017
— Tom (@tomtom1872) March 9, 2017
Was sad that we won't get to face Rob Kiernan this weekend until I remembered his backup is Handball Senderos
— Lubo (@Deja_Lew234) March 9, 2017
Celtic's odds lengthen slightly with the news Kiernan misses Sunday's game…. https://t.co/Zh3TYv1hZG
— Slimshady (@Slimshady1961) March 9, 2017
'Rob Kiernan suspended for Sunday' pic.twitter.com/trN0ViLFjv
— Ted (@NewcoTed) March 9, 2017
Was about to make a "Celtic blow as Kiernan ruled out of derby joke", then remembered that he'll be replaced by Wilson or Senderos…
— Narey's Toepoker (@Nareystoepoker) March 9, 2017