Referee Deadman in the clear
Midfielder Fraser Aird could return for Rangers in the Irn-Bru
Third Division clash with Montrose after time out with a fractured
Ross Perry returned to training on Friday after hernia surgery
but is not ready, while Kane Hemmings is still building up his
fitness after a knee injury.
Defenders Emilson Cribari (calf) and Sebastien Faure (both
hernia) remain on the sidelines and manager Ally McCoist will have
to decide whether to risk David Templeton on the artificial pitch
at Links Park weeks after the player returned from an ankle injury
sustained on a similar surface at Annan.
Deadman was accused by Shrimpers fans of raising two fingers in
their direction while appearing to rub the back of his head during
the goalless draw at Fleetwood in League Two last Saturday.
The alleged incident at the Highbury Stadium came midway through
the first half while the match official was standing over striker
Britt Assombalonga as he received treatment from the club’s
But an FA statement read: “Following an allegation that referee
Darren Deadman made an offensive gesture at supporters during the
League Two match between Fleetwood Town and Southend United on
December 8 2012, The FA reviewed video footage and was satisfied
that there was insufficient evidence to support the claim.
“Therefore, The FA can confirm that no action is required.”