RANGERS striker Alfredo Morelos has been banned for three matches after failing to have his red card against Aberdeen overturned.
Morelos and Scott McKenna were both dismissed at Pittodrie on Wednesday for kicking out at each other in Rangers’ 4-2 Scottish Premiership win.
The Ibrox club’s appeal was rejected at a judicial panel hearing on Friday and his will now be unavailable for the upcoming games.
Morelos will now miss Saturday’s Scottish Cup last-16 tie at Kilmarnock, plus Rangers’ next two league matches.
The Colombian received a mandatory two-game ban from all competitions for the red card, with a further Premiership game added because it was his second sending-off in the league this season.
The 22-year-old was also dismissed during Aberdeen’s 1-0 win at Ibrox in December, having been successful in an appeal against his red card – again for clashing with McKenna at Pittodrie on the opening day of the season.
Morelos will now miss the home game with St Johnstone on February 16 and the trip to Hamilton on February 24, as well as thegame with Kilmarnock.
He has now been sent off four times this season in all competitions, three times against Aberdeen and once against FC Ufa in the Europa League.
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is also facing a two-game ban after being issued with a notice of complaint for kicking out at Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.
“For Alfredo to go to the next level or to improve he will have to channel his aggression”
After the game on Wednesday, Gers boss Steven Gerrard spoke out about the incident.
“For Alfredo to go to the next level or to improve he will have to channel his aggression,” he said.
“I haven’t had the chance to analyse the incident back so I can’t tell you if Scott deserved a red or whether Alfredo did.
“But they’ve had a fantastic battle up until that point. Scott was physical with Alfredo. Alfredo was physical with him.
“Two top players but unfortunately they have both ended up with red cards.
“Whether they deserved it I’ll have to analyse it. If Alfredo is in the wrong then he’ll deserve the red card.
“He’ll then be missing for two games and that’s how he’ll get punished because he hates missing games.
“But I’m doing everything in my power to help the kid grow as a footballer and as a person.
“I am not going to take the physical side away from him because he’ll get bullied out there. He’ll get bullied every game because he’s up against some strong physical players.
“But for Alfredo to get to the next level and move in his career – and for people to trust him – he does have to channel it in the right way.”