BBC Sport - St Johnstone's Steven Anderson accuses Rangers' Rob Kiernan of punch

Anderson claims punch by Kiernan

St Johnstone captain Steven Anderson has accused Rangers defender Rob Kiernan of punching him during Wednesday's 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park.

The incident just before half-time came moments after Kiernan's poor pass-back handed Saints their equaliser.

But, even if Scottish Football Association compliance officer decides to take action, Kiernan will be free to face Celtic in Saturday's Glasgow derby at Ibrox with Tony McGlennan not due to return from his festive break until after the New Year.

"It was a corner and he caught me in the ribs. It was a clear punch on me," Anderson said.

"You can't do that in football games. I'm not bothered, but if it gets highlighted then he deserves it.

"The referee said he did not see it and you can understand it because there was a lot going on in the box.

"The linesman has probably not seen it either."

Rangers manager Mark Warburton defended Kiernan.

"There's nothing in that," he said. "I've watched it again - it's a push.

"If you punish that, there will be more judicial panels than you could possibly imagine."