Steven Gerrard waiting on hearing that could result in touchline ban at Celtic

By John McGinley

October 9, 2020

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been left waiting on a Scottish FA hearing that could see him banned from the touchline for the upcoming derby against Celtic, The Daily Record reports.

Gerrard was due to face his punishment for a rules breach today but the meeting has been put back to Monday because of technical video call problems.

He’ll now be waiting 72 hours on his fate, with can include having to watch the upcoming match at Celtic Park from the stands.

The Ibrox boss has been pulled up by the SFA for whining comments he made about about referee Kevin Clancy following a Dundee United tackle on Alfredo Morelos which was deemed not to be a sending off.

Steven Gerrard at Celtic Park / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Gerrard suggested had it been a Rangers tackle, a red card would have been shown.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I don’t want to make headlines and say a kid should have got this or that.

“But what I would say is that I’d be very interested to see what the decision would have been from the officials had the shoe been on the other foot and Alfredo had made that tackle.”

Rangers have vowed to contest the SFA charge, releasing a furious statement, as they like to do.

Gerrard being missing from the touchline at Celtic Park would undoubtedly be a big blow to Rangers so it’ll be interesting to see what the outcome is.

Within Celtic, I doubt much thought will be given to it.

Neil Lennon and his squad like to focus entirely on things they can control and their own performances.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If the team play to the best of their abilities a week on Saturday then it shouldn’t matter who is in the opposite dugout.

Still, let’s hope for a nice pre-derby blow to that lot.

In other news, Celtic fixture changes have been confirmed.