Steven Gerrard has revealed Rangers players will NOT take the knee ahead of this afternoon's Celtic clash.

Midfielder Glen Kamara, who starts the action, was allegedly subjected to racist abuse during Thursday evening's Europa League clash against Slavia Prague. And, following the game, Gerrard told how he had been approached by both his captain James Tavernier and vice-skipper Connor Goldson who told him their thoughts on the gesture.

Clubs have been taking the knee throughout the campaign in a showing of support to the anti-racism movement. But many feel it is an empty gesture and Gerrard confirmed his stance.

"We won't take the knee," he told Sky Sports. "I spoke to both captains yesterday and they made a collective decision that they're going to stand. Stand side by side and we'll support that and follow suit as a staff as well.

"I wasn't aware of the chat the players have had amongst themselves but James and Connor come to see me yesterday and I totally understand the decision they've made and totally back it 100 percent. We'll do the same as a staff to show them the support."

Kamara, Gerrard revealed, is now in a good headspace despite the abuse suffered midweek. And the manager had no issues in pitching the player straight in after a conversation with the star.

"I didn't have to speak to him because I know the boy very well, the character, he'll be desperate to play here today what a place to play your football," he added. "I didn't have to have a chat but but just to check on his welfare and how he's feeling, I did as well. He's doing fine and looking forward to the game."