Steven Gerrard has been offered a suspension by the Scottish Football Association – but that would mean the Rangers boss will be able to line up on the touchline at Celtic Park in the Old Firm.
The Gers boss was issued two yellow cards in quick succession at half-time of the 1-0 win at Livingston on Wednesday after confronting referee John Beaton.
Cameras picked up Gerrard’s incredulous reaction to Alfredo Morelos being booked for diving in the first-half and his dismissal sparked fears that he could miss the potentially title-clinching fixture on March 21.
The Athletic’s Rangers reporter Jordan Campbell relayed the key information from the SFA’s punishment on his personal Twitter account.
Steven Gerrard has been offered a one-match suspension by the Scottish FA following the incident with referee John Beaton on Wednesday night, which saw him shown two yellow cards.
The hearing is set for March 25. Has until March 10 to respond.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) March 5, 2021
He also said that even if the club appeal and allow it to go to a hearing “he would be on the touchline for St Mirren and Celtic as the hearing is after the Old Firm on the 21st”.
The news came just hours after Gerrard was named SPFL Manager of the Month.
Don’t let them get away with it
We’re not happy that our gaffer has been banned for any length of time, though the fact that it is only one game means it is pretty inconsequential.
But we think we should definitely appeal.
Given that the league is still not technically won we would rather see Gerrard on the sidelines until it is mathematically secure.
And that could be against our bitter rivals.
Celtic fans won’t be quite so happy to see our manager secure the title at their ground.
It could even be before then if they fail to win their next game v Dundee United, something we wouldn’t rule out given the failings at that club this season.
That means the St Mirren fixture on Saturday could be our last game before the title is won – we would hate for Gerrard to miss that shot at history.
All being well the games after the Celtic clash will be fairly meaningless, apart from going for records.
We would much rather Gerrard be absent for those games and challenge the authorities on this matter.
In other Rangers news, see our exclusive interview with Alex McLeish as he backs SFA officials.