Scottish Championship: Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen charged by SFA over betting

Steve Simonsen: Rangers goalkeeper
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Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with breaching strict gambling rules.

Hampden chiefs claim the 35-year-old Englishman placed 18 bets last season and another 37 this term.

SFA Disciplinary Rule 33 prohibits players, coaches, club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

The governing body's first charge states that Simonsen placed 18 bets between January 15 and June 22 last year.

A second charge accuses Simonsen of then gambling on 37 matches which took place between September 6 and January 13.

The SFA insists there is no suggestion the Ibrox player, who has made 26 appearances for Rangers this season, was involved in any of the matches he is accused of betting on.

A Principal Hearing has been set for Thursday, February 12 and Simonsen has until Thursday, January 29, to respond to the complaint.

The SFA has taken a hard-line stance on gambling breaches in recent years.

In September 2013, Simonsen's Ibrox team-mate Ian Black was handed a 10-game ban - seven of which were suspended - and a £7,500 fine after he admitted to placing 160 football bets over a seven-year period.

Three of the matches involved bets placed against the former Hearts and Inverness midfielder's own team.

Five months later, Ayr United forward Michael Moffat was given a four-game ban - with another two suspended - after he was found guilty of placing seven bets on six matches involving his own team.

Moffat, who avoided a fine, was also found guilty of placing an additional 150 bets on other games.

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