Rangers Women's coach apologises over 'headbutt' after Celtic game

The incident took place after the 1-1 draw at Broadwood on Monday.

Rangers Women’s coach Craig McPherson apologises over ‘headbutt’ after Celtic game SNS Group

Craig McPherson has apologised and said he will “accept in full” any punishment handed out to him following his headbutt on Fran Alonso after the women’s Old Firm game at Broadwood on Monday.

The Rangers coach confronted the Celtic manager after the game in which the Hoops scored a last minute equaliser to grab a point and stay a point ahead of their city rivals.

In a statement released on social media on Saturday McPherson said he “severely let myself down” and offered an apology to Alonso.

It said: “I would like to offer a full and unreserved apology for my actions at end of Monday’s Old Firm match at Broadwood.

“I know I have severely let myself, our team and the club down. I hold myself to the highest of standards and have never done anything like this before in a long coaching career, and I know I fell way short of that with my actions.

“This club is also built on incredibly high standards, and I have already apologised to the board, the football staff, and our fantastic group of players who I care about dearly. I would also like to apologise to the Rangers fans as I am aware of what a privilege it is to represent this club in any capacity, and I am sorry that on this occasion I did not uphold the standards this club demands.

“I also understand how exciting a time it is for the women’s game in Scotland, which I have come to care passionately about, and I apologise for any negativity my actions have brought in our attempts to grow the game. Finally, I am also very grateful to Fran Alonso for accepting my apology in full following our lengthy conversation earlier in the week.

“I will also apologise to the Scottish FA at my hearing and will, of course, accept in full, whatever punishment they deem appropriate. I simply want to apologise today, convey my massive regret and explain how out of character this moment has been for me.”

The SFA has charged McPherson with misconduct and police have opened an investigation into the incident.

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