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GERRARD GETS CELTIC ALL-CLEAR

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STEVEN GERRARD has received the all-clear to take his place in the Rangers dug-out against Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Ibrox boss has seen his Scottish FA disciplinary charge found not proven after he had originally received notice of complaint from the beaks last month following comments about a challenge on Alfredo Morelos in his side’s 4-0 win over Dundee United at Ibrox on September 12.

The striker was stretchered off after being left with a gash on his leg following a Ryan Edwards challenge.

Without referring to the Tannadice player, Gerrard said after the match: “I don’t want to make headlines and say a kid should have got this or that, don’t want to be that type of manager. But I’d be very interested to see what the decision would’ve been from the officials had the shoe been on the other foot and Alfredo had made that tackle.”

Gerrard was accused of breaching rule 72, which stipulates that managers – as well as other players and staff – cannot “indicate bias or incompetence” regarding match officials during interviews.

However, a disciplinary tribunal hearing on Monday found it “not proved”, according to a reports in Sky Sports News.

The Ibrox club issued a statement on their official Twitter account which stated they were “unsurprised” at the outcome of the hearing. They admitted they will still bemused that the charge was brought against Gerrard in the first place.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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