Gascoigne called to account

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Paul Gascoigne and his Rangers team-mates, Alan McLaren and John Brown, have been summoned before the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee next Thursday.

Their presence at the hearing stems from a stormy home game with Aberdeen on 11 November, which is the subject of a police investigation. Aberdeen's Bill Dodds has also been told to attend.

The hearing will also consider the actions of Sean Sweeney (Airdrie), Alan Lawrence (Hearts) and Ian McFarlane (Dumbarton) during recent matches. McFarlane, who received two red cards in one match, is the only one of the seven to be punished by match officials. The others were mentioned in reports by referee supervisors - a development Rangers do not support.

Liverpool will be without Ian Rush for a month, because the Welsh international striker needs a cartilage operation. His absence gives the club's pounds 8.5m summer signing, Stan Collymore, the opportunity of a run in the first team, starting with the Merseysiders' visit to Upton Park tonight.

Blackburn are considering a pounds 2m move for the Spartak Moscow left-winger Ilia Tsimbalar, who plays against them in the Champions' League in Moscow tonight.

Manchester City have reopened talks with the Barcelona striker Thomas Christiansen after calling off a pounds 500,000 deal three weeks ago because of the player's wage demands. Christiansen, who is said to have had an argument with the his manager Johan Cruyff, wants another chance.

Jimmy Case, 41, is to succeed Liam Brady as the manager of Brighton, who yesterday learned they are to face an FA investigation into their finances.

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