Gers’ McCulloch and Simonsen banned for Hibs clash

Lee McCulloch and Steve Simonsen, below, won't face Hibs
Lee McCulloch and Steve Simonsen, below, won't face Hibs
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Rangers captain Lee McCulloch and goalkeeper Steve Simonsen will both miss tomorrow night’s Championship clash with Hibs after today being hit by SFA bans.

McCulloch failed in his attempt to overturn the two-game suspension handed to him for stamping on Dale Carrick during the Ibrox club’s Scottish Cup defeat by Raith Rovers last weekend.

And Simonsen has also been handed a two-match ban, one of which is suspended until the end of the season, for breaching the SFA’s strict betting rules.

The stopper was found guilty of betting on 55 matches, 18 last season and 37 in the current campaign.

McCulloch was booked during Sunday’s cup tie following his clash with on-loan Hearts forward Carrick.

But he was cited by the governing body’s compliance officer Tony McGlennan for appearing to “deliberately stand upon” Carrick’s leg.

The 36-year-old appealed but the SFA confirmed on its Twitter account: “Lee McCulloch (Rangers FC) receives two-match ban (one match immediate and one match in Scottish Cup) following breach of Rule 200.”