Rangers defender Rob Kiernan explains why he was fined during Kilmarnock loan spell

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The Scottish Championship leaders face Killie in their Scottish Cup replay on Tuesday.

Ahead of Rangers' trip to face Kilmarnock in the replay of their Scottish Cup tie, Light Blues defender Rob Kiernan has described an incident which led to him being fined while he was on loan with Killie earlier in his career, the Daily Record reports.

The 25-year-old moved to Rugby Park on loan from Watford in 2010, and found himself on the bench for a home clash with Celtic. And while some youngsters would be apprehensive about making their league debut against the Hoops, Kiernan has explained how his desperation to get on the field later landed him in hot water with then manager Jimmy Calderwood, as the centre-back attempted to convince the boss that he was comfortable playing at right-back.

"Jimmy asked me if I had ever played there before and I said 'yeah, loads of times,' but I'd never played there in my life. Anything to get on," Kiernan told the Record.

"Afterwards, he grilled me and told me my positioning wasn't great and I said that was because I'd never played there before. He said 'so you lied to me then?' And fined me."

Luckily for Kiernan - who played the final 17 minutes of the game against the Bhoys after replacing Tim Clancy - Killie managed to hold on to claim their first victory over Celtic for nearly nine years on that occasion. 

However, the former Wigan man will certainly be hoping that his old side are not able to secure a victory when they host his current team in their next game to decide who will face either Dundee or Dumbarton in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

It is sure to be a tough test for Mark Warburton's men. The two teams could not be separated when they met at Ibrox earlier in the month, and the Scottish Premiership side will have received a boost from the appointment of their new manager, though BBC Sport reports that Lee Clark will oversee this game from the stands before taking full control of the team from the weekend.

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