Liverpool: Raheem Sterling to play Celtic after night in cells for alleged girlfriend assault

Raheem Sterling was all smiles on the training ground on Friday – despite spending the night in police cells and the morning in court.

The 18-year-old Liverpool winger was allowed to continue his preparations for the new season by club and country after to allegedly assaulting model ­girlfriend Shana Halliday.

He appeared before ­magistrates on Merseyside at 11.30 on Friday morning, left at midday and was training with his team-mates at 2.30pm.

He later flew to Ireland with boss Brendan Rodgers and squad for a friendly today against Celtic in Dublin.

A Liverpool ­spokesperson said: “Raheem has denied the charges and as the case is ongoing, we will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Sterling, named in the England squad for ­Tuesday’s Under-21 international against ­Scotland in Sheffield, will join up with the national team on Monday.

In the first test of the FA’s new code of conduct, ­Sterling is able to continue representing England until the court case concludes.

He was arrested at 10.30pm on Thursday in the Liverpool suburb of Page Moss after going for a meal with ­Halliday.

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