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Reyna receives three red cards after outburst during and after Rangers'
3-1 Cup loss to Celtic.

By Robert Wagman

Claudio Reyna
A foul by Claudio Reyna (in blue) on Bobby Petta led to the first of three red cards the American midfielder was issued in Glasgow Celtics' 3-1 CIS League Cup loss to Celtic.
(Friday, February 9, 2001) -- American midfielder Claudio Reyna lost control in the final moments of Glasgow Rangers' extremely physical and frustrating CIS League Cup showdown with arch-rival Celtic Wednesday, ending up with the equivalent of three red cards, including one from a post-match altercation with referee Willie Young.

The Cup semifinal was a disaster for Rangers who fell behind early and lost 3-1. Despite controlling the ball for long periods, Rangers produced few dangerous scoring chances and were never in the contest.

Reyna’s problems started in the first half when he was booked for a tackle from behind on Paul Lambert. He avoided ejection only moments later when Young looked the other way when Reyna put a second hard tackle on Lambert.

The second half degenerated into a ragged, physical affair. In the 90th minute, with Rangers trailing 3-1 and desperate for even one good look at goal, Celtic’s Bobby Petta intercepted a ball along the right sideline. Reyna flew into him with a tackle and seemed to get all ball, but Petta went down in a heap. Young issued Reyna his second yellow card, followed by red.

Several shoving matches broke out. Blows were exchanged. Several players were led to the dressing room with Rangers' Michael Mols and Celtic's Lubo Moravcik being ejected. It was unclear at the time, but later Reyna learned he had received a second red card for striking Neil Lennon.

After the match, Reyna was called to the referee’s room to be informed of the second red card. He reportedly got into a shouting match with Young and was awarded a third red card for dissent.

The full ramifications of Reyna’s actions have not yet been determined. Even though the Wednesday Cup meeting was not a league match, Reyna was automatically banned from Sunday's Old Firm re-match against Celtic at Parkhead. He also will miss Rangers' first Cup match next season. His card accumulation this season now leaves him only one yellow away from an automatic two-match suspension.

The Scottish Football Association will also likely add a fine, possibly two week’s wages, about $45,000. A suspension could also be forthcoming.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat told reporters he will express his displeasure over Reyna’s action’s to the American.

Reyna missed the final two matches of the United States semifinal round of World Cup qualifying for his post-match actions toward referee Peter Prendergast after a late penalty kick gave Costa Rica a 2-1 home victory over the U.S.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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