NAI­SMITH EL­BOWED FOR TWO MATCHES

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RANGERS striker Steven Nai­smith has been handed a two-match sus­pen­sion for swing­ing an el­bow at Dun­fermline de­fender Austin Mc­Cann.

The Scot­land star was ret­ro­spec­tively banned af­ter an SFA com­pli­ance of­fi­cer as­sessed TV ev­i­dence of the in­ci­dent which ref­eree Ian Brines failed to spot.

A Rangers spokesman said: “Steven has al­ready had an apol­ogy ac­cepted by Austin and there was no de­lib­er­ate in­tent to make con­tact with the player.”

“Man­ager Ally Mc­Coist sup­ports the new SFA fast-track process and trusts it will be ap­plied fairly to all clubs.”

Af­ter ini­tially es­cap­ing pun­ish­ment, Nai­smith bagged two goals in Satur­day’s 4-0 romp at East End Park.

The ban rules Nai­smith out of SPL clashes with Kil­marnock and Hibs.

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