Rangers' Lee McCulloch given two-game ban for stamp

Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has been banned for two games after being found guilty of stamping on Raith Rovers forward Dale Carrick.

McCulloch, 36, was initially offered the suspension by the Scottish FA's compliance officer but the defender contested the violent conduct charge.

He will miss Rangers' league meeting with Hibernian on Friday and the Ibrox side's next Scottish Cup game.

The incident with Carrick took place during Raith's cup win on Sunday.

In his notice of complaint, compliance officer Tony McGlennan cited a breach of Disciplinary Rule 200, stating: "In that at the above match you did deliberately stand upon Dale Carrick of Raith Rovers FC and commit an act of violent conduct."

With Rangers now out of the Scottish Cup, the second of McCulloch's two-game suspension will not be served until next season at the earliest.

For Friday's game, the Ibrox side are already without goalkeeper Steve Simonsen after he was found guilty of breaching SFA rules on gambling.