Motherwell have been rocked by scandal just a few days before their tie with Rangers after manager Steve Robinson was arrested and charged by Police Scotland.
The Northern Irishman was reportedly arrested in connection with an incident on Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh on Friday night, just a couple of days before his side is scheduled to play Rangers.
There’s little doubt this will have thrown a spanner in the works for his side’s preparations and an air of mystery remains over the situation.
A Police Scotland spokesperson told the Scottish Sun: “A 45-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a disturbance on Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh around 7.45pm on Friday, 13 December.
“No-one was injured.
“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”
Robinson himself has denied any wrongdoing and described the incident as a “misunderstanding” in comments used by BBC Sport.
“I deny the charges against me and any wrongdoing,” said Robinson, who will be in the dugout for today’s match.
“I am very upset by what has become a distressing situation for my partner, myself and our families.
“We had a lovely day in Edinburgh and were trying to get home in good time before the incident occurred.
“It is not possible to give a detailed account when a legal process is under way, which adds to our family anxiety.
“I am confident this will be found to be a misunderstanding once the legal process has run its course.”
This will be an unwelcome distraction for Robinson and his Motherwell charges as they prepare for the visit of Rangers.
The Ibrox side have the chance to leapfrog Celtic to the top of the table ahead of our rivals’ clash with Hibs later in the day.