Rangers football legend Paul Gascoigne has pulled out of a talk-in show due to health reasons, event organisers have said. 

The footballer, who turned 50 this year, was supposed to appear alongside former teammate Peter Beardsley in his hometown of Dunston, Tyneside, on Wednesday, Dec 6. 

Today organiser Steve Wraith informed ticket holders Gascoigne would no longer be appearing at the event. 

He tweeted: "Gazza has had to withdraw from Event this Wednesday due to ill health. 

"An evening with Peter Beardsley will go ahead - all customers have been contacted via email provided on purchase. If you bought tickets from GroupOn please contact them direct. 

"We wish Paul well on his recovery." 

Gazza played for Rangers between 1995 and 1998 but, in recent years, he has battled with alcoholism.  

He hosted an evening in Glasgow earlier this year.