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Cup tie crises for rangers and Papac set to end stay at ibrox


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RANGERS have been left reeling by suspension and injuries ahead of their "banana skin" Scottish Cup clash against Arbroath on Sunday

And in a double blow to the League Champions key defender Sasa Papac is set to end his six year stay at Ibrox.

The bad news for boss Ally McCoist started when the SFA's fast track tribunal yesterday turned down an appeal and imposed a two match ban on mid-field enforcer Lee McCulloch forcing him out of the Cup tie and the League fixture with St Johnstone on Saturday week.

The club's appeal allowed McCulloch to play in the Old Firm derby on December 28, a game which Rangers lost 1-0 to lose their position at the top of the SPL and he will now join skipper Steven Davis and Steven Whittaker on the suspended list for the fourth round encounter at Gayfield.

That will mean a midfield re-shuffle and with Kyle Lafferty also missing with a hamstring injury the Rangers manager is now hoping striker Nikica Jelavic can overcome a groin strain to boost his strike options in time for the cup match.

Sasa Papac meanwhile is set to end his time at Rangers at the end of the season after telling friends he wants to return to his homeland.

The 31 year old Bosnian defender who agreed a new one year deal last summer has decided he won't sign another contract extension.

And Papac - who is Rangers' second longest serving player after Allan McGregor - will seek a new challenge at the end of this current campaign.

Papac cost former coach Paul Le Guen a bargain £450,000 in 2006 from Austria Vienna and was his third summer signing after Libor Sionko and Filip Sebo

The versatile defender has gone on to make 216 appearances under three Rangers managers.However, he has been struck down with a series of health problems including a bout of pneumonia while on international duty and a virus that has kept him for long spells this campaign.

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The bad news for boss Ally McCoist started when the SFA's fast track tribunal yesterday turned down an appeal and imposed a two match ban on mid-field enforcer Lee McCulloch

Stopped reading there and started shaking my head in disbelieve that anyone, anyone at all, would use the word 'enforcer' to describe Lee McCulloch.

But then I read the bit about Papac :disappointment: Gutting.

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It was a dead on cert that Papac was off, he was virtually gone just before the start of this season.

Great footballer, consummate professional and all round good guy ... he will be missed.

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Sasa wanted to leave this Summer, he stayed on as a favour.

Glad he did though, because it's allowed Wallace to come into the team and learn from one of the clubs finest fullbacks how the job should be done.

Spot on (tu)

Been delighted with Sasa, total pro and has been our unsung hero these past few years, will be a sad day when he leaves but wish him all the best :clap:

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