Kyle Lafferty was maybe lucky not to be sent off like Alfredo Morelos as Rangers lost 1-0 against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox.

Alfredo Morelos was sent off for the third time this season in Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat against Aberdeen, picking up two of the most naive yellow cards you will see this calendar year.

But were Steven Gerrard’s side fortunate not to go down to nine men against Derek McInnes’ Dons? Aberdeen left-back Max Lowe certainly thinks so.

Kyle Lafferty clattered into Scott McKenna and left the defender bloodied and in need of stitches in the feisty midweek clash. And, speaking to the Daily Record, Lowe claims that the Northern Ireland centre-forward should have followed Morelos down the tunnel – particularly as he was already on a yellow card.

“We were questioning it as he was on a yellow card in the first place,” said the left-back, who is on loan at Pittodrie from Derby County. “To dish out an elbow and see Scotty’s face… there was red all over the place.

“We thought he was going to give another yellow.”

A red card is the last thing Lafferty needs right now considering that he hasn’t scored a goal since September in all competitions.

And, in quotes reported by Herald Scotland, Gerrard admitted after the game that the former Hearts striker was lucky to stay on the pitch.

The 1-0 loss, sealed ironically by a McKenna winner, means Rangers lost their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership table to a Kilmarnock side who are soaring under Steve Clarke.

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