SFA look at Bougherra red card
Madjid Bougherra's red card against Aberdeen has been referred to a SFA review panel.
Last Updated: 19/05/09 3:52pm
Rangers star Madjid Bougherra is set to play against Dundee United after his red card during the win over Aberdeen was referred to a Scottish Football Association review panel.
Aberdeen's appeal against the dismissal of Charlie Mulgrew has also been referred to the review panel, which will meet later this week.
The panel will also discuss the part played in the sending-off by Kyle Lafferty, who has already been fined by Rangers for play-acting.
After reviewing footage of the Ibrox incidents, referee Stuart Dougal has decided that neither Bougherra nor Mulgrew should have been sent off for violent conduct.
The review panel can downgrade a player's punishment to a yellow card, clear them completely or uphold the referee's original decision.
However, both players are almost certain to be free to play on Sunday as an SFA panel has never yet upheld an original decision by a referee who subsequently changed his mind.
Bougherra will thus be available to face Dundee United at Tannadice as Rangers look to secure the SPL title.
Mulgrew will also be cleared to face Hibernian at Pittodrie, where Aberdeen must win to have any chance of pipping United to a Europa League place.
Lafferty will also be available to play at Tannadice as any punishment for "improper conduct" over his alleged simulation would not take effect until next season.
Celtic pairThe review panel will also discuss cases involving Celtic pair Glenn Loovens and Scott McDonald.
Loovens was reported to the panel over an incident which left Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu needing treatment to a leg injury during the Old Firm derby on 9th May.
McDonald was referred by Dougal after the referee examined TV footage of his challenge on Dundee United defender Lee Wilkie three days later.
Both players will be free to face Hearts on Sunday though as their cases would also be referred to the disciplinary committee if the panel members felt they merited punishment.