Gary McAllister taken to hospital after attack in Leeds

25 March 2019, 11:47 | Updated: 25 March 2019, 12:38

Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister has been treated in hospital after he was punched in the face during a night out in Leeds.

Police said the Rangers assistant manager, whose playing career spanned Liverpool, Leeds, Coventry and Leicester, was assaulted outside a bar in the city centre at around 4am on Sunday.

The 54-year-old, who amassed 57 caps for his country and captained the team to the Euro 96 finals, was reportedly waiting for a taxi with his wife by the venue in Call Lane.

West Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector James Entwistle, said: "The initial report was that a man, aged in his 50s, was stood outside a bar when a man approached him and punched him in the face, causing injuries that required hospital treatment.

"We are currently arranging to speak to the victim to take fuller details of the incident and will be progressing the investigation to identify the person responsible."

McAllister enjoyed a successful six-year stint at Leeds from 1990 to 1996, during which they became champions of the old First Division in 1992.

He was captain for two years before moving to Coventry, where he would later return after a two-year stay at Liverpool, becoming part of the management team upon his retirement in 2002.

The Scot joined Rangers last year, where he is assistant to former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.

Hours before the incident in Leeds, McAllister was at Anfield to watch his boss score the winner as a Liverpool Legends side beat a vintage AC Milan 3-2 in a charity match.

Rangers did not train on Monday owing to the international break, so McAllister was not expected to be at work.

:: Anyone who witnessed the attack in Leeds, or who has any information that could help the investigation, is asked to contact Leeds CID quoting crime reference number 13190152147.