Rangers will have to wait another 24 hours to find out if the appeal to overturn Kemar Roofe’s proposed two-game SFA ban is successful.
The forward was initially due to find out if he would face a suspension for his tackle on Murray Davidson on Tuesday.
However, according to the SFA’s disciplinary procedures page, the verdict will not be delivered until Wednesday in a move that will no doubt infuriate Steven Gerrard.
Ahead of the recent draw against Hamilton, Gerrard is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying, “The notice of complaint came through ten minutes ago.
“Which is quite frustrating because we’ve had two sessions to prepare for Hamilton and he’s [Roofe] been heavily involved in both sessions.”
Of course, the club decided to appeal the decision and Roofe was able to play against the Accies, though he failed to impress.
This new move by the SFA will have the same consequences for Rangers as Gerrard will now have to wait even longer before he knows if he can prepare for Saturday’s game against Kilmarnock with or without one of his star men.
The organisation is currently writing itself into the club’s bad books and this latest move, for which no reason has been publicly given, will no doubt have the fans annoyed as well.
Luckily, we have a large and talented squad so if Roofe was to miss the next few games we should be able to manage.
The issue here is the SFA’s seemingly rushed decisions and inconsistent approach to every different case involving Rangers.
Following the draw against Hamilton, Gerrard will want to respond this weekend with a convincing win to put Rangers back on track.
His preparations will be hampered severely if he finds out on Wednesday that one of his key men won’t be there.
Finding out on Tuesday wouldn’t have been ideal either but at least that gives the boss 24 more hours to work with his squad.
To push back a decision on Roofe’s ban by 24 hours, on the day that the original verdict was meant to be given, is so frustrating and will not do the SFA any favours in the eyes of the club or the Ibrox faithful.
In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit was baffled by one player doing something “strange” against Hamilton.