Lafferty Apology, But Shameful Bougherra Defence Continues

SHAMED Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty claims he will apologise to Charlie Mulgrew for his disgraceful piece of play-acting that got the Dons star sent off last Saturday.

The fraud striker apologised to his own club and its supporters in a statement issued through Rangers' official website yesterday.

Lafferty said: "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 totally accept that I have let down the club and the supporters."

Referee Stuart Dougal has since informed the SFA that he will retire from top-flight refereeing a week early for personal reasons.

And Lafferty added: "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."

Rangers have got in early to fine Lafferty what is likely to be a laughably nominal figure as a percentage of his earnings, in an attempt to reduce the punishment dished out by the SFA, if any.

The notorious Ibrox club have sullied this token gesture even further by submitting their appeal to have thug Madjid Bougherra's red card for a violent lunge at Jamie Langfield overturned.

This ludicrous attempt to suggest that Dougal was merely 'evening things up' when he correctly dismissed Bougherra belies Rangers' attempts at reparation for the Lafferty incident and shows that club's true colours.

There is no news yet what the SFA plans to do about Lafferty's play-acting, which unarguably brought the game into disrepute, but anything less than a complete ban from ever playing in Scotland again will be seen as the SFA giving players carte blanche to commence treating fans, officials and match officials to this sort of gamesmanship in the future.

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