Glasgow Rangers have been given a major boost ahead of the Old Firm derby, if recent reports are to be believed.
According to Sky Sports, Steven Gerrard has been cleared for the clash with Celtic. The Rangers boss will not be penalised by the Scottish FA after he received a notice of complaint for comments he made about a challenge on Alfredo Morelos during his side’s 4-0 win over Dundee United in September.
The SFA’s disciplinary panel delivered the verdict after hearing his case last night. He had been accused of breaching rule 72 regarding remarks which “indicate bias or incompetence” on the behalf of referees and match officials. However, this news comes as huge encouragement as the Gers gear up to face their arch-rivals at Celtic Park at the weekend.
Gerrard was forced to sit and wait for a nervous few days before finding out if he would be banned for the comments he made last month when technical problems brought a stop to proceedings on Friday. It’s claimed that this was because of issues with the Zoom connection before the meeting was completed on Monday.
And the timing couldn’t be any better for the Light Blues boss as his team currently sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, a point clear of their bitter rivals. Whilst the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have managed to get away with turning a punishment into a good performance, other managers like Alan Pardew have not been quite so lucky in the past.
In fairness, the effects of a touchline ban almost entirely depends on how much work has been done in the training ground beforehand. Indeed, it is worth remembering that Gerrard missed the match against Motherwell in April 2019, a game that Rangers went on to win 3-0 at Fir Park. But it is safe to say that such a ban would have been a serious blow to their chances of winning the highly-anticipated clash at the top of the table, although he will be able to take his place in the dugout at Parkhead on Saturday.
The club issued the following statement on social media which stated that they were “unsurprised at the outcome of today’s hearing but remain bemused that the charge was brought against our manager Steven Gerrard in the first place.
“We now look forward to focusing on more important matters on the field of play.”
Gerrard’s side beat their bitter rivals 2-1 away last term, although they had alternated wins and losses beforehand. It’s safe to say Rangers are doing rather well at the moment, as they have remained unbeaten in all competitions this season so far. If there is ever a game to lose, it cannot be this one.
Ianis Hagi heaped praise on his “amazing” tactics after he masterminded Rangers’ route to the Europa League last 16 last season.
But Gerrard will need his side to be at their very best when they make the trip to Celtic Park.