Football: Gascoigne playing with fire

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Paul Gascoigne is to receive another warning from Rangers for his exaggerated goal celebrations. Gascoigne was pictured gesturing at the Kilmarnock goalkeeper, Dragoje Lekovic, after scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park on Wednesday.

"He knows the penalties for getting into bother in these situations," said Archie Knox, the Rangers assistant manager. "I think it was tit-for- tat with the goalkeeper the other night but Paul did apologise to Lekovic."

Gascoigne escaped action by the referee, Ken Clark, and it looks unlikely that the Scottish Football Association will follow up the pictures. The England player is just two yellow cards away from a three-match suspension but has managed to keep out of trouble for almost three months since his red card in Amsterdam.

Today Rangers meet Motherwell at Fir Park, and Walter Smith will resist the temptation to start with his pounds 3m signing Sebastian Rozental from Chile. Rangers hope to have Erik Bo Andersen fit while Gordon Durie is back in the squad.

Greg Miller, the son of the former Hibernian manager Alex Miller, is in line for a starting place for Hibs at Celtic, who are looking for a fifth successive victory after closing the gap on Rangers in midweek from 11 points to nine with a game in hand. Pierre Van Hooijdonk will retain his place, with Paolo Di Canio, Andreas Thom and Chris Hay all injured.

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