Lafferty fined after Ibrox theatrics

Rangers have fined Kyle Lafferty for the theatrical reaction that saw Aberdeen defender Charlie Mulgrew sent off during the Ibrox club’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

Rangers have fined Kyle Lafferty for the theatrical reaction that saw Aberdeen defender Charlie Mulgrew sent off during the Ibrox club’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international has expressed “deep regret” over his behaviour, which was criticised by manager Walter Smith.

Aberdeen will today launch an appeal against the dismissal, while Rangers have confirmed they have lodged a challenge against Madjid Bougherra’s red card in the same game.

Lafferty fell down dramatically after going head to head with former Celtic full-back Mulgrew.

The 21-year-old said in a statement on www.rangersfc.co.uk: “I want to apologise for my actions in Saturday’s match with Aberdeen.

“It was something I should not have done and I deeply regret what happened.

“I will make a personal apology to Charlie Mulgrew because he should not have been sent off.

“I also want to apologise to the referee and his assistants. It is difficult enough for officials to handle important SPL matches without me making it more difficult by behaving the way I did.

“I also totally accept that I have let down the club and the supporters.

“There are standards at Rangers Football Club that need to be upheld and I have fallen way below these standards.

“What I did was wrong and I would like to say sorry to the supporters because they should expect better from a Rangers player.

“Their backing on Saturday was fantastic – as it has been all season – and for me to behave the way I did was completely wrong.”

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