PHILIPPE Clement tonight admitted that Rangers will consider appealing to the SFA against the “harsh” red card which Dujon Sterling received towards the end of the Ibrox club’s win over Aberdeen.

Clement was incensed that substitute Sterling was ordered off for a foul on Jack McKenzie in the 88th minute of a cinch Premiership match which his side won 2-1 this evening.

The Belgian was astonished that referee Don Robertson stood by his original call despite being urged to look at a replay of the flashpoint on his pitchside monitor by his VAR colleague Greg Aitken.

He stressed that he would have to accept the match official’s decision to show Sterling a red – and also to only show Aberdeen forward Duk a yellow for catching Rangers centre half Connor Goldson with his elbow.

However, he confirmed that he would discuss the matter with the Ibrox club’s hierarchy in the coming days and admitted they would consider making an appeal.

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“That it was a harsh decision for me,” he said. “Dujon slipped and he hits the toes of the opponent. I didn’t see until now many red cards that you touch the opponent at his toes. If I look back, I cannot remember one moment.

“So that is a harsh one and it makes the end of the game difficult. But it is also a difficult profession, I know because we need to do it every day in the training to make decisions. At the end, the referee decides and we need to accept it."

The Herald: Asked about the Duk incident, Clement added: “If you give a red card for a tackle on the toes, then that one can also be red. But it is the decision of the referee.

“I can think whatever I want, it’s not important. It’s the referee who decides and it’s our job to accept it.

“My job is to make a good team and, in my head, to make good football. I love the game of football and I want an attractive and dominant team. I am busy with that. It’s then the referees who decides the rules and we need to accept.

“I had a calm talk with the referee afterwards. It was really calm and I like it that we can discuss things with the referees in a respectful and decent way.”

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Asked if Rangers would consider appealing against the red card, he said: “Yes, that’s something we need to decide as a club. I never make these decisions alone. But this one is quite clear I think. But we will still need to discuss this inside the club.”