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Nine-man Rangers slump at St Mirren

Rangers went down 2-1 at St Mirren despite taking the lead but then had Lee McCulloch dismissed for a straight red in the first-half allowing the hosts to score twice before the break. Gers boss Ally McCoist felt the midfielder's dismissal for violent conduct was harsh and he will now decide whether to take their case to the Scottish Football Association.

McCoist said: "We will have a look at it again in the next couple of hours and decide whether we are going to appeal.

"I'll have a chat with Lee but it's a distinct possibility."

As far as McCoist is concerned, the red card was crucial to the outcome of the match.

He said: "There is no doubt it changed the game. The ball actually went into the back of the net as well, which a lot of people maybe forget, so it might have been 2-0.

"I've seen it once and I would have to say it was extremely harsh. I've had a good chat with Lee McCulloch and he assures me there was no malice at all and he was just trying to fend the boy off. The boy actually had an arm around his waist.

"I'm a wee bit disappointed with how the boy went down to be honest with you and no physio came on to my knowledge.

"It changed the game, there is no doubt about it, and we are disappointed with it."

Dorian Goian was booked for a tug on Gary Teale's jersey and earnt a second caution for doing the same thing to Kenny McLean late on.

Asked if he was annoyed by that red card, McCoist said: "Yes I am, but that's just the referee to be fair. The referee will tell you technically he is right and that's it.

"There is nothing I can say on it anymore other than he probably could have stayed on the park." http://www.facebook.com/tribalfootball

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