How Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could be free from suspension for Celtic Park clash

Steven Gerrard will have to wait to learn what punishment he will face for his outburst during his side’s 1-0 victory over Livingston on Wednesday night.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard remonstrates with referee John Beaton. Picture: SNS

The Rangers manager was sent off after being shown two yellow cards in quick succession by referee John Beaton at the half-time break. Gerrard had stormed onto the pitch to confront the official over a yellow card given to striker Alfredo Morelos for an alleged dive, though replays showed he’d been clipped by Livingston keeper Max Stryjek.

The Light Blues are appealing the caution given to the Colombian, who would later bag the only goal of the game in the 87th minute.

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The matter of Gerrard’s red card does not fall under the SFA's fast-track procedures, meaning there is no set deadline.

However, it took Hampden disciplinary chiefs almost a month to take action against Hearts boss Robbie Neilson after he also fell foul of Beaton during a 3-2 defeat to Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship back in January.

If the SFA follows a similar time frame, it will mean Gerrard will be free to take his place in the dugout when his side run out at Parkhead on March 21 for a potential title party. Rangers will just need a draw if both themselves and Celtic win their matches this weekend. St Mirren travel to Ibrox on Saturday before their Old Firm rivals play Dundee United at Tannadice the following day.

Neilson – who was also dismissed after confronting Beaton – was handed a four-game ban, with two suspended, and Gerrard can expect a similar punishment.

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