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Last Updated: Friday September 25 2009 05:58 GMT

Rangers boss given four-match ban

Rangers manager Walter Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith has been banned from the touchline for four games after being sent to the stand during Saturday's match at Kilmarnock.

The referee ordered him off the pitch after Smith reacted angrily towards Kilmarnock striker Connor Sammon when Rangers' Pedro Mendes got a red card.

Footie bosses have now decided that Smith will have to stay in the stands for four games, from 3 October.

The Rangers manager said he was unlikely to appeal against the ban.

Rangers boss Walter Smith arguing with Kilmarnock's Connor Sammon during Saturday's match
Smith was sent to the stands for confronting Kilmarnock's Connor Sammon

He also admitted that he should not have reacted in the way he did towards Sammon, during a match that ended 0-0.

It's the Rangers manager's second report of misconduct within three seasons.

The four-match ban means he won't be allowed in the dugout for the reigning champions' first derby of the season against the current Scottish Premier League leaders, Celtic, on 4 October.