Alan Power escapes punishment for challenge on Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack

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KILMARNOCK midfielder Alan Power won’t face any further action for his challenge on Ryan Jack during Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash with Rangers.

The Irishman caught Jack in the face with a high boot and the 26-year-old required treatment before being able to return to action.

Power was given a booking by referee Alan Muir and Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on the controversial incident post-match, only stating that he would be ‘interested’ to see if there would be a citing from the Scottish FA Compliance Officer.

Midfielder Scott Arfield reckoned that Power had made a conscious effort to play the ball but Andy Halliday was critical of the nasty tackle and insisted it should have merited a red card.

It has now been ruled that no case will be brought forward by Clare Whyte and Power will escape further punishment, meaning he is free to face Premiership leaders Celtic at Rugby Park this weekend.

The Power case is one of several that Whyte had to consider following a headline grabbing midweek card in the Premiership and weekend of Scottish Cup action.

It was also confirmed on Tuesday that Paul McGinn had escaped a ban for his challenge on Cammy Smith during St Mirren’s defeat to Dundee United in the fifth round.

Referee Willie Collum booked the Buddies captain for a cynical forearm smash and McGinn has now avoided further action.

That isn’t the case for Hibernian’s Darnell Johnson, however, after he was hit with a two-match suspension for a tackle on Emilio Izaguirre at Parkhead.

The defender had challenged the citing after he was initially booked for the incident but he will now miss the games with Hamilton Accies and Dundee.

Compliance Officer Whyte has one other case to cast her eye over this week as Rangers look to overturn the two-game ban handed to keeper Allan McGregor in the aftermath of their win over Aberdeen.

McGregor’s hearing was due to be heard on Tuesday but his case will now be considered on Wednesday following a request from Rangers.