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Paul Gascoigne appears to trip up child before Rangers challenge match

The Rangers icon also re-enacted his infamous 'flute' celebration

Rangers' Paul Gascoigne gestures after tripping up a ball boy before Rangers' 150th anniversary match at the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

Legendary former footballer Paul Gascoigne has become embroiled in fresh controversy after footage emerged of him tripping up a child before a challenge match at his old club Rangers.

Gascoigne (54) who played for the Glasgow club between 1995 and 1998, was back at Ibrox as part of a Rangers team that took on a World team to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary.

However, before the game, the former England international is seen beckoning a child with a football to him before then tripping the child up as it ran off.

The child lay on the Ibrox pitch in apparent pain before Gascoigne, and another former Rangers star Jorg Albertz, player went to check on the child.

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His actions drew criticism on social media, with Scottish actor Gianni Capaldi denouncing the former Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Everton and Middlesbrough midfielder as a “self entitled horrible person.”

Gascoigne, who was seen later scoring in the match and receiving the adulation of the Rangers crowd, has courted plenty of controversy in the past both as a player and after his retirement from the game.

One of his most controversial moments as a player was also at Rangers when, during a game against Celtic, the England star played an imaginary flute to goad Celtic fans - a reference to the protestant Orange marches that take place in Northern Ireland and Scotland in July.

Paul Gascoigne plays an imaginary flute at Ibrox yesterday

Gascoigne re-enacted the controversial moment again yesterday, as he was pictured playing the flute on the Ibrox pitch.

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