Steven Gerrard facing Celtic Park ban after showing himself up last night

By John McGinley

March 4, 2021

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is facing a touchline ban for the upcoming clash against Celtic at Celtic Park.

The Ibrox boss was sent off during their match away to Livingston last night.

Gerrard approached referee John Beaton heading into the interval to complain about a first-half penalty claim.

The former Liverpool midfielder was clearly angry and didn’t stop his tirade even after being shown a yellow card.

Beaton would subsequently produce a red and it means Gerrard could be forced to sit in the stands at Celtic Park.

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However, it remains to be seen how quickly the Scottish FA will deal with the matter. Gerrard’s sending off and potential ban could well be ruled on after the derby.

We know the upcoming fixture v Rangers matters little in the context of the overall direction of the Scottish Premiership title.

However, it has taken on new meaning in recent weeks.

It’s increasingly looking likely that they will have the chance to win the title on our home ground – something that Celtic can’t allow to happen.

The Bhoys have been poor this season and don’t deserve the silverware, but John Kennedy and his team must find the pride to prevent an embarrassing end to the ‘title race’.

Steven Gerrard could be banned from the touchline at Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic showed improvement against Rangers the last time the two clubs met in January at Ibrox. However, ultimately, we still lost.

It’s time to string together a cohesive performance for 90 minutes and delay their title celebrations, regardless of whether Gerrard is on the touchline.

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