CRAIG McPHERSON has thanked Fran Alonso for accepting his apology following his headbutt on the Celtic Women’s boss at the end of the 1-1 draw with their Ibrox counterparts during the week.

The Govan coach reacted angrily at full-time after Caitlan Hayes netted a stoppage-time equaliser for the Hoops, as CQN reported.

The final whistle sounded only moments later and McPherson moved through players and officials to thrust his forehead into the back of Alonso’s head.

The Parkhead side’s Spanish gaffer also claimed he had been called “a little rat”.

LOOK OUT, HE’S BEHIND YOU…Fran Alonso is about to be headbutted by Craig McPherson.

McPherson now faces a SFA disciplinary hearing after being cited by the governing body while Police Scotland have also opened an investigation.

Alonso has been reportedly stated he does not wish to press charges, but has demanded an apology from his assailant whose actions were caught on film in a match televised live by Sky Sports.

McPherson, in a statement as reported by the Daily Record, 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.

CONFRONTATION…Fran Alonso faces his assailant.

“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.”

McPherson went on: “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.”

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