McCulloch free to face Celtic

Rangers submit appeal over midfielder's red card

Lee McCulloch: Available to face Celtic after Rangers appealed his dismissal against St Mirren

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Lee McCulloch is available for Wednesday's Old Firm clash with Celtic after Rangers confirmed they had appealed against his Christmas Eve dismissal.

McCulloch was given his marching orders in the 2-1 loss to St Mirren after being shown a straight red card for violent conduct for catching Graham Carey with an elbow.

Gers boss Ally McCoist announced later that he was likely to contest the decision and the official appeal has now been submitted by the club to the Scottish Football Association.

The SFA will consider the appeal on 5th January, meaning the Scotland international is free to be selected at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

A statement on Rangers' official website read: "Manager Ally McCoist's initial reaction was that the decision was harsh and after watching the incident again the club has submitted its appeal to the association.


"As things stand, McCulloch will be free to play against Celtic in Wednesday's crucial Old Firm clash at Parkhead although Dorin Goian will be suspended.

"With the SFA not due to hear the appeal until January 5 at the earliest, the midfielder is also available for the meeting with Motherwell three days earlier."

Rangers were leading 1-0 when McCulloch was sent off by referee Steven McLean. The Buddies responded to win, with Goian shown a red card for two bookable offences late on.

The loss saw Rangers' lead at the top of the SPL cut to one point ahead of the top-of-the-table showdown after Celtic beat Kilmarnock for an eighth straight win.