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Rangers: Winger Ryan Kent loses appeal as boss Steven Gerrard accepts touchline ban

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Rangers winger Ryan Kent has failed to overturn a two-game suspension from the Scottish FA as manager Steven Gerrard has accepted a one-game touchline ban.

Both will be in the stand as Rangers travel to face Motherwell on Sunday.

Kent was charged on Tuesday as footage showed him lash out at Celtic captain Scott Brown after James Forrest's winner in Sunday's Old Firm derby.

Reports suggest Gerrard's charge relates to comments made towards match referee Bobby Madden.

Rangers failed to respond to the charge against 22-year-old Kent on Wednesday, which meant he was clear to play in that evening's 3-0 win over Hearts.

But the on-loan Liverpool winger was called to a hearing at Hampden Park on Thursday.

And the failure of his appeal against the charge of violent conduct means the Englishman will miss Sunday's trip to face Motherwell followed by the first fixture after the Scottish Premiership splits into two sections of six teams for the final five games.

Second-top Rangers are 13 points behind Celtic and, if Gerrard's side lose at Fir Park while Celtic beat Livingston, their Glasgow rivals will be crowned champions for an eighth year in succession.

Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday both missed the win over Hearts after being sent off against Celtic. Top scorer Morelos will miss a further three matches through suspension.

Scottish Police Federation vice-chairman David Hamilton described the behaviour of players in Sunday's fiery Old Firm game as "unacceptable".

Celtic captain Brown has also been charged with disciplinary offences by the SFA following the derby.

In addition, both clubs have been served notices of complaint after a mass confrontation of players at the end of the game.

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