Gary McAllister’s ‘teeth went through lip during attack’

Man pleads not guilty to punching Rangers assistant manager in Leeds.

Former Scotland captain and Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister was allegedly punched in the face, causing his teeth to go through his lip, a court has heard.

Damien Swan, 33, made a brief appearance at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty to assaulting McAllister, 55, on March 24 last year.

Sending the case to Leeds Crown Court, District Judge Richard Kitson said the case involved a “nasty injury”.

“This was an alleged punch to the face, causing Mr McAllister’s teeth to go through his lip, and there was damage to the teeth as well.”

The defendant, of Leeds, was bailed until his next appearance at Leeds Crown Court on February 12.

McAllister played in Leeds from 1990 to 1996, a period which saw the club become champions of the former First Division in 1992.

He captained the team for two seasons before moving to Coventry City.

He joined the management team at Coventry in 2002, after a period playing for Liverpool, and took up the post of assistant manager at Rangers last year.

McAllister earned 57 caps for Scotland and captained the team to the Euro 96 finals.

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