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Rangers v Slavia Prague Ianis Hagi subplot that’s seen Steven Gerrard urged to utilise Romanian differently

Rangers v Slavia Prague Ianis Hagi subplot that’s seen Steven Gerrard urged to utilise Romanian differently


Rangers’ Europa League last 16 clash with Slavia Prague will be of keen interest in Romania.

The Meeting between the Scottish Premiership champions elect and the Czech cracks see two of the countries’ stars go head-to-head.

Ianis Hagi and Nicolae Stanciu are both vying for a spot in Mirel Radoi’s national team with the common consensus in the country that they can’t play together effectively.

With 2022 World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia, Germany and Armenia fast approaching, Radio has a big decision to make and the meeting between the two clubs could go a long way to helping him make it.

Former Romanian international Ovidiu Sabau reckons Stanciu is the favourite given he can play as a central attacking midfielder, and has urged Steven Gerrard to do similar with Hagi for Rangers.



Slavia Prague's Romanian midfielder Nicolae Stanciu
Slavia Prague’s Romanian midfielder Nicolae Stanciu

He told Look Sport: “It’s very important where Ianis plays. If he plays on the side, he sees less of the ball. Stanciu plays centrally, so he takes the ball more.

“It is clear that the successes are less on the wing, but in the middle of the field there are bigger spaces.”

However Brazilian Eric Pereira, who spent a good chunk of his career in Romania, disagrees and believes the improvement Hagi has shown this season means he should be picked ahead of Stanciu.

He said: “Ianis has better figures than Stanciu in won duels and dribbles. I’ve seen Ianis in the last matches and he’s stronger than he has been for Romania.

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“In Thursday’s match he fought a lot, even if he didn’t score or pass a goal, he fought, he won duels, he was the third man in the goal phase.

“We see a stronger Ianis.”





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3 takeaways from the Bruins’ 6-2 loss against the Rangers

3 takeaways from the Bruins’ 6-2 loss against the Rangers



The Boston Bruins had a scenic win over the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend in Lake Tahoe. That’s been their lone bright spot over the last five games.

Friday’s 6-2 setback against the New York Rangers marked Boston’s fourth loss in that aforementioned span. Over an 80 minute span going back to the second period of Thursday’s loss, Bruce Cassidy’s squad scored just once — on Patrice Bergeron’s tip-in early in the second period — while relinquishing a whopping 11 goals against.

The Bruins attempted to muck things up at times with Brad Marchand and Trent Fredric engaging in notable post-whistle altercations against Ryan Lindgren and Jack Johnson, respectively, in the middle stanza. Aside from that rare instance of competitiveness, they hardly showcased any fight or desperation in front of a socially distant Madison Square Garden crowd.

Julien Gauthier’s second goal of the season put the Bruins in catchup mode at 13:16 of the opening stanza. A miscommunication between Brandon Carlo and Anders Bjork left Ryan Strome all alone at the left faceoff dot as he promptly fired his shot past Tuukka Rask for his sixth goal of the season 2:32 into the second.

Bergeron cut the lead to 2-1 exactly 1:30 after Strome’s tally. The Bruins put forth a handful of quality scoring chances for a 10-15 minute stretch only to come up short against Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev.

Then it turned ugly, beginning with Colin Backwell’s power-play tally at 18:52. Chris Kreider outmuscled Urho Vaakaninen a mere 12 seconds later and banked home a shot off Charlie McAvoy’s skate for his ninth of the season.

On a night where Marchand tallied his 300th career NHL goal, a hapless Bruins squad became mere spectators in the final stanza. They allowed another pair of embarrassing goals early in the third on Pavel Buchenvich’s fifth of the season and Johnny Brodzinki’s first tally in a Ranger uniform less than two minutes apart.

“It can’t go any further than this,” a blunt Carlo said. “This is unacceptable. We have to look in the mirror and move on from this.”

Here’s what we learned from another humiliating effort in New York.

Cassidy calls out depth guys

Aside from Studnicka’s assertiveness in the attacking end, Boston’s forward and defensive depth rarely put forth a quality effort. More often than not, the Rangers outmuscled the Bruins in one-on-one battles along the boards. It helped them establish and sustain a fluid attacking zone rhythm.

The Bruins didn’t have David Krejci, Kevan Miller, Jeremy Lauzon, and Matt Grzelcyk in each of the last two games. The latter could enter the lineup in Sunday’s rematch.

The injuries provided opportunities for some of the younger players to showcase their potential in a significant role. They hardly took advantage.

The Bruins counted on Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, and Chris Wagner to provide timely secondary scoring. They were merely passengers in this two-game horror-trip through the Greater New York area.

All this prompted Cassidy to issue a challenge for the aforementioned trio, along with Connor Clifton and John Moore on the back end.

“The guys in the middle that have an opportunity and some days go home and say ‘gee I wish I got more minutes,’ or ‘I had a better chance.’ That middle group: the Bjorks, the DeBrusks, the Johnny Moore’s and Clifton’s that have been out of the lineup…the Wagners and Kuralys…they need to put a little onus on themselves to impact the game,” Cassidy said. “Whether it’s offensively, or whether it’s physically…when they talk to me about what they need to do to stay in the lineup, tonight is a good example of that.”

The Bruins may have a reinforcement in Grzelcyk on Sunday. Yet, they’ve thrived on a next-man-up mentality in the past. They’ll need to echo that mindset again in another attempt to right the ship.

“It’s about the next man up, and we have to do our jobs,” Bergeron said. “We have to compete and be harder on pucks.”

Young defense looked the part

Carlo, McAvoy, and Jakub Zboril entered the New York trip as the three lone defenders on Boston’s opening night roster. The seventh, eighth, and ninth defensemen from the Game 1 depth chart found themselves with significant roles with Lauzon, Grzelcyk, and Miller all out of the lineup.

The Bruins faced similar situations before, including in Lake Tahoe where they played most of the game with five D after Lauzon’s exit following his only shift early in the opening stanza.

The last two days showcased a different story. The communication breakdowns became noticeable with each goal against. Instead of making a simple outlet feed, the backend tried to make up ground either through untimely pinches or lengthy cross-ice passes resulting in costly turnovers.

So is this a case of Vaakaninen, Moore, Clifton and Zboril playing over their heads in an attempt to atone for injuries? Some of it, yes. But Cassidy didn’t single them out here. He also put the onus on the coaching staff, including himself, to put them in the best position to succeed.

“They have to play better and recognize what they can get away with, with the puck or not. It’s just too many turnovers and too much reckless play, Cassidy said. “We have to do a better job coaching them up no doubt, so that’s on us. But by the same token, once they get on the ice, they have to recognize how they help us win games.”

One way to recognize the issue: the scoreboard. The Islanders and Rangers outscored the Bruins 13-4 on back-to-back nights. They’ve encountered similar stretches before under Cassidy, but none as painful as this.

Response nowhere to be found

“The compete level has been spasmodic at best over the past couple of nights,” NESN’s Jack Edwards said in the final moments.

Quite frankly, he’s right.

The Bruins had chances to engage and goad the Rangers on Friday. At times, they found themselves on the wrong end of things in Marchand’s exchange with Lindgren and Frederic’s attempt to drop the gloves with Johnson during the middle stanza. Instead, the latest member of the 300-goal club and the former Wisconsin Badger found themselves in the penalty box, thus negating a potential Boston power-play attempt.

They didn’t show enough of that competitive spirit, though. As mistakes mounted, the Bruins became hesitant in exchanging pleasantries with their East Division rival.

It didn’t necessarily factor into the lopsided result. They couldn’t do much to salvage another uninspiring effort. But the Bruins could’ve sent a little message to the Rangers with some spirited contact in the final moments before the two meet again on Sunday.

The snowball effect has the Bruins in an early-season hole. The last thing they need is an avalanche to dig out of.

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Steven Gerrard declares Rangers showing as Alfredo Morelos’ best as he gives telling smile over Europa League masterclass

Steven Gerrard declares Rangers showing as Alfredo Morelos’ best as he gives telling smile over Europa League masterclass



Delighted Steven Gerrard insists Alfredo Morelos put in his best performance of the season – as he joked that he knows exactly why he saves his top level for the Europa League.

The Colombian scored one, set up two and won a penalty in a tremendous 5-2 win on the night, and 9-5 on aggregate.

And Gerrard reckons El Bufalo but in his finest performance of the season, and it was a similar story for the front three in general as they dominated the Antwerp defence.

Morelos has been linked with moves away regular and Gerrard had a telling look on his face as he admitted he knew why he was always so good at this level.

He told BT Sport: “I thought we were unplayable. We had a lot of variety, we hurt them in different ways. I think that was Alfredo’s best performance of the season and as a front three, it’s probably our strongest as well.

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“They were unplayable at times. I’m delighted, really proud.

“To match last season’s efforts is very good from the boys and we’ll see what the draw brings us. We want to enjoy it, we want to compete and see who we get.

“He likes this competition. I know why he likes this competition.

“When he’s at his best he’s strong, he can hold the ball up, he’s clever, he’s cute, he’s physical and that physicality is a big strength of his because defenders find it really tough.

“Especially ones who are not physically the best themselves and you look at their backline tonight and it was there for the taking but he’s got to go and put that performance in. It was a performance of all round quality. I wouldn’t have liked to mark him tonight, that’s for sure.”

And when questioned on whether it’s because he’s being watched by clubs elsewhere in this competition, Gerrard responded with a simple, but telling: “Mhmm. Mhmm.”

Rangers now go into the last 16 of the tournament and Gerrard admits he was thrilled with how his side performed against Antwerp.

But he admitted there still needs to be work done on the defensive front after conceding five goals over the two games.

He added: “Very satisfied and very happy. The performance was outstanding in a lot of areas tonight. We conceded a couple of goals which as a manager you’ve got to take on board and analyse once the game is done but some of our play tonight was outstanding with the way we did it.

“The first three was top high level goals, especially Ryan Kent’s in terms of a team one. Over the course of the two games we’ve looked dangerous throughout and deserved to score nine goals, if not more.

“As someone who wants to be a perfectionist we still need to work on things.

“We told them that at our best we could cause them a lot of problems. We watched a lot of games on them and we knew if we came to the party, our front three, we could cause them many problems.”





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Rangers star Alfredo Morelos to miss out on Colombia call up as protocols leave striker grounded

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos to miss out on Colombia call up as protocols leave striker grounded


Rangers star Alfredo Morelos is set to miss out on a call from Colombia boss Reinaldo Rueda for next month’s South American World Cup qualifiers due to rules around COVID-19 protocols.

New FIFA regulations state clubs are under no requirement to release players when mandatory quarantine periods of five days or more are in place in their home counties.

It means a host of top players will be unavailable for the resumption of CONMEBOL action in March, when Colombia are due to face Brazil in Barranquilla before a trip to play Paraguay in Asuncion.

The likes of Everton pair James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina, Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez, Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma and Brighton’s Steven Alzate are all set to remain in the UK while matches are being played.

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That also goes for the Gers star, who will not be in a position to add to his nine caps for his country three years on from his debut.

The 24-year-old’s only goal for Colombia came in a friendly win over Peru in 2019 when he netted the winner in Miami.

Rueda, 63, confirmed alternative plans had been made to call up South American-based stars, with Millionarios Cristian Arango and Junior’s Miguel Borja likely to lead the line.



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Rueda said: “I have been having constant communication with all the players in the UK and they are all aware that of course, I want them in this squad for the start of the World Cup qualifiers.

“Sadly, because of the Covid measures taken by Governments, there is very little we can do about getting them over here for the two matches.

“We all know this is happening and, accordingly, we have made plans to call up other players and that’s why we held a camp this month with locally-based players.”





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Rangers injury update as Steven Gerrard lays out James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe return timetable

Rangers injury update as Steven Gerrard lays out James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe return timetable


Rangers will be without captain James Tavernier and forward Kemar Roofe for another “two to three weeks” as Steven Gerrard ponders a reshuffle ahead of Thursday’s return to Europa League action against Royal Antwerp.

The Ibrox boss admitted he was delighted to discover full back Tavernier’s injury sustained at the Bosulistadion last week was not as serious as initially feared after he limped out of the seven-goal thriller in Belgium.

Roofe joined him on the sidelines following a knock, but neither player is expected to miss an extended period and could both be back in time for the third Old Firm derby of the season next month.

A more nervous wait is in prospect over the fitness of Ryan Jack after his afternoon in the emphatic 4-1 win over Dundee United which edged Rangers closer to the Scottish Premiership title was ended after just 27 minutes with a suspected calf issue.

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Gerrard’s men coped well without 29-goal pair Roofe and Tavernier as strikes from Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos ensured a comfortable afternoon for the runaway leaders.

Celtic’s defeat at Ross County raises the possibility Rangers could claim the title at the home of their greatest rivals on March 21.

And Gerrard is hopeful the duo will be back for that potentially historic afternoon in Glasgow’s East End.

“James and Kemar will miss the next couple of weeks at least,” he told Rangers TV.



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“ It’s difficult to put an exact date on their return but they will certainly miss the next couple of weeks.

“All being well we should see them in two to three weeks. The main thing that has pleased me at the moment is that the players are really in the zone.

“It is normal to think [about the title]. I don’t think there is any harm to think. But the one thing I won’t do is get carried away too soon.’





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Rangers Stock Market: Ryan Kent makes shock move following quiet Kilmarnock display

Rangers Stock Market: Ryan Kent makes shock move following quiet Kilmarnock display


Rangers have shown a different side to their game in recent weeks with three 1-0 victories coming in their last four games.

Steven Gerrard’s team have blown away sides in the Scottish Premiership this season by a number of goals, but they are now showing they can grind out points.

The Ibrox outfit defeated Kilmarnock at home over the weekend and they did so in spectacular fashion as Ryan Jack netted a goal of the season contender from the edge of the box.

The victory means Rangers are within just four games of winning a historic 55th league title and stopping Celtic from reaching 10-in-a-row. Who were the stand outs during Saturday’s win over Killie and who needed to show more?

Here at Rangers Stock Market, our Glasgow Times Sport writers will take you through whose stock has risen and whose has dropped every week as the Light Blues close in on the Scottish Premiership crown.

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Ryan Jack

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As previously mentioned, what a strike it was from the midfielder to separate the teams at Ibrox on Saturday. The former Aberdeen man has returned from injury seamlessly and he has shown in recent weeks just how important he is to Steven Gerrard’s side.

Jack has improved his overall game under Gerrard and not only is he a box-to-box talent, but his quality on the ball has come on leaps and bounds too. He is key to Rangers starting counter attacks and he will only get better playing alongside the experienced Steven Davis.

Steven Davis

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Ryan Jack was a top performer for Rangers on Saturday, but he was pipped to the man of the match award by this man. Davis rolled back the years with a hugely dominant display in the middle of the park against Killie.

Gerrard’s optimism that the Northern Ireland internationalist will sign another contract with Rangers would underline just how valuable he is to the current squad. He pulls the strings from the middle of the park and it is hard to believe he is 36 years of age. A fine wine comes to mind.

Leon Balogun

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The big defender came back into Rangers’ backline at the weekend after Filip Helander was given a run of games in alongside Connor Goldson. The Nigerian international has been a brilliant addition for the Light Blues this season and has been one of the standout performers at the back.

Balogun’s manager Gerrard recently told how the defender is close to triggering a Rangers contract extension, which is surely an option the club will explore. Gerrard has six central defenders on his books, but Balogun, alongside Goldson, appear to have formed the strongest defensive partnership this season.

READ MORE: Rangers loan watch: Brandon Barker makes his mark as Glenn Middleton shines against Celtic

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Ryan Kent

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The former Liverpool man continues to split opinion, but his performance level has certainly dropped from the start of the season. The winger was unplayable during the first quarter of the campaign and he was simply a defender’s nightmare.

Now he appears to be lacking a little confidence after hitting a dry spell in front of goal.  The 24-year-old has netted one goal in his last 18, so he will be hoping for a strong end to the season. He clearly has the talent to quickly turn his form around.

Cedric Itten

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The target man style striker has been given a run in the team after Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe were forced out through suspension. The Swiss born frontman has netted just one goal since the turn of the year and that will disappoint him.

Itten does offer far more than just goals, with his link up play at the top end of the pitch one of the key features of his game. To retain a starting spot in Gerrard’s team though Itten needs to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

Bongani Zungu

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The South African international was hooked after 60 minutes against Hamilton last week and he dropped out the team all together against Kilmarnock. There is a great fight for places in the middle of the park for Rangers at the moment and the 28-year-old must improve if he wants to cement his spot as a regular starter. 

Zungu is currently behind the likes of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara, so he faces an uphill battle to break through into Gerrard’s plans.





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Ryan Jack on ‘special’ Rangers goal that carries extra significance for the midfielder

Ryan Jack on ‘special’ Rangers goal that carries extra significance for the midfielder



Ryan Jack admits it was a “special” feeling to fire Rangers one step closer to the title with a wonder goal winner against Kilmarnock.

The midfielder’s unstoppable volley at Ibrox was enough to claim all three points for Steven Gerrard’s men and leave them just four wins away from clinching the Scottish Premiership title.

Jack is normally a regular on the scoresheet, but the significance of his strike wasn’t lost on him considering where Rangers are in their season.

He said: “It was special for me, obviously because of the time of the season we are at.

“To get the winner and help the lads get over the line for three points was good. The ball fell nicely at the edge of the box but I already had it in my mind that if it came out I would have a shot.

“Thankfully I managed to take a great shot and it went in. For me, it was all about the team and getting the win. We knew that would take us closer to where we want to be.

“To help and get the goal was special for me and I am delighted with it. It was a great defensive performance. I don’t think the lads at the back gave up any chances.

“I don’t think Greegsy had much to do to be honest and if we’d been a wee bit more ruthless, we maybe win by three or four. But at this stage of the season we just need to take the points and move on.

“The games have been tough recently. Teams are coming at us more and making things difficult. That was a massive three points and we now move on to a big one next week.”

Jack made a scoring return from a knee injury against Ross County last month and told Rangers TV: “I try not to get too down. I take the good with the bad and that time out gave me time to reflect and focus for when I returned. I managed to help on Saturday and hopefully going forward I can keep contributing.”

The league leaders now put thoughts of 55 to the back of their minds when they travel to Belgium to face Antwerp in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Jack added: “We have done well in the competition so far and we will give it our all. Hopefully, it’s enough to get through to the next round.”





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Rangers probe potential Covid-19 rule breach after party in Glasgow

Rangers probe potential Covid-19 rule breach after party in Glasgow


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Rangers probe potential Covid-19 rule breach after party in Glasgow

Rangers probe potential Covid-19 rule breach after party in Glasgow

RANGERS are looking into whether any of their players breached Covid rules after allegations members of the squad attended a party that was broken up by police.

Police Scotland confirmed that 10 people were issued with fixed penalty notices after a gathering in Glasgow in the early hours of Sunday, with reports online claiming people in attendance included Rangers players.

The club issued a statement via Twitter.

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It read: “Rangers are aware of an alleged incident which is subject to an internal investigation. We will make no further comment.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson told Sky Sports News: “We received reports of a gathering at a property in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow at 1.10am on Sunday 14th February.

“Officers attended and those in attendance left. 10 people were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations.”






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Taxpayers facing £100million bill after bungled attempt to prosecute Rangers administration businessmen

Taxpayers facing £100million bill after bungled attempt to prosecute Rangers administration businessmen



Bungled attempts to ­prosecute businessmen involved in the administration of Rangers could cost tax payers more than £100million.

The staggering bill to compensate millionaires caught up in the scandal is likely to match the entire yearly budget of Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Lord Advocate James Wolffe admitted last week that David Whitehouse and Paul Clark will each be awarded £10.5million in damages as a result of “malicious” cases brought against them.

The public purse will take a further £3million hit to cover their legal fees.

But the Sunday Mail can reveal the running total of £24million will be the tip of the iceberg when outstanding claims from other individuals and tax compensation are taken into account.

Wolffe has confirmed damages have been paid to Whitehouse and Clark with a tax indemnity.

It means that should tax collectors HMRC send them a bill the additional cost will ultimately be met by the Crown Office – potentially doubling the payout.

There are another five cases involving other businessmen to be heard which it has been estimated could take the final bill over £100million.

The entire annual COPFS budget last year was about £120million to cover the cost of about 1700 staff who prosecute tens of thousands of cases across the country.

Conservative MSP and former solicitor Murdo Fraser has called the debacle an “unprecedented scandal in Scottish legal history”.

He said: “It is extraordinary and outrageous that such vast sums of public money are being paid out as a result of catastrophic failures in the Crown Office.

“There is so much here that has gone wrong and needs to have a light shone on it.

“The Lord Advocate advised that there has been an investigation undertaken by a legal team instructed by him but from the outside it looks like the Crown Office is marking its own homework.

“We need a full, independent and public inquiry conducted by a member of the judiciary from outside Scotland, from one of the other home nations.

“The whole episode is an unprecedented scandal in Scottish legal history.”

Former Rangers administrator David Grier is also seeking millions of pounds in compensation over his wrongful arrest.

Separate to that there are understood to be actions from Charles Green, who bought the club out of administration, and his associate Imran Ahmad.

Ahmad was prosecuted in 2015 over the takeover of the Ibrox club in 2012 but all charges were dropped in 2018. He is suing the Lord Advocate and Police Scotland. He initially wanted £2million in damages but his claim is now understood to have been upped to tens of millions.

A further two businessmen involved in the saga are also seeking damages and there has been rumours Craig Whyte – who bought the club from David Murray for £1 in May 2011 – may be considering suing.

When Wolffe was challenged at Holyrood last week, he admitted the case represented a “serious failure in the system of criminal prosecution”. He added: “I have committed myself and the Crown to supporting a process of inquiry once related legal proceedings have concluded.”

Former Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland – who led COPFS at the time of the prosecution attempts – broke his silence to refute “false and scandalous” attacks on him.

Lord Mulholland, who is now a judge, gave a statement through his lawyer David McKie.

He said: “In light of the unfounded personal attack made on my client in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, he requires to take the unusual step of responding publicly to the false and scandalous statements made under the protection of parliamentary privilege. He wishes to make it clear that he welcomes the independent public inquiry and it carries his unequivocal support.”

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has admitted Clark and Whitehouse have been awarded up to £75,000 each in damages from the force.





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Rangers hero Ally McCoist shrugs off ‘SFA in Celtic jersey’ question by Chris Sutton during TV debate

Rangers hero Ally McCoist shrugs off ‘SFA in Celtic jersey’ question by Chris Sutton during TV debate


Ally McCoist has shrugged off the notion that the SFA compliance officer favours Celtic in the disciplinary process.

The Rangers legend has backed Steven Gerrard’s call for more consistency from the governing body after Kemar Roofe was handed a retrospective ban for a challenge on St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has also been critical of the SFA after Albian Ajeti was cited with a notice of complaint for simulation, although he was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

McCoist debated both flashpoints with Chris Sutton on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra as the Ibrox hero reiterated Gerrard’s point that other incidents go unpunished.

He brought up the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard which prompted Sutton to ask the pundit if he thinks the compliance officer is ‘sitting wearing a Celtic jersey’.

McCoist dismissed that theory but reckons the lack of consistency is ’embarrassing’ and Rangers have just had some bad luck recently with Roofe and Alfredo Morelos both currently suspended.

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Sutton said: “This is a bigger argument, it has to be that if you’re going to ban Ajeti for two games for diving, it has to be across the whole of the league. Every incident has to be looked at and I think that’s what Neil Lennon was getting at this week.

“The fact of the matter is Celtic and Rangers are being singled out, it seems.”

McCoist responded: “Well, not so much. I agree entirely with what you’re saying, but I find it difficult…”

Sutton replied: “I know you find it difficult.”

McCoist said: “I’m about to tell you, Morelos’ stamp quite rightly was punished, yet Leigh Griffiths’ stamp on Gogic at Hamilton isn’t.

“Also, Kemar Roofe has had a suspension, when he probably had one of the worst tackles ON him against St Johnstone at Ibrox.

“Morelos got stitches for a tackle against Dundee United, the lad McGinn at St Mirren got away with one at Dundee United, and don’t have me starting on Odsonne Edouard’s tackle against Dundee United at Celtic Park.

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“That might be the worst of the lot! And it’s not cited.

“So I don’t see your point, Chris.”

Sutton hit back: “What are you suggesting here, that the compliance officer is sitting there in a Celtic jersey? What are you suggesting?”

McCoist replied: “I’m suggesting the same that Steven Gerrard is suggesting: that the lack of consistency is absolutely embarrassing.”

Sutton added: “Yes, there is a lack of consistency because it seems to be trial by social media, trial by television. And it’s not the same across the board.

“Celtic and Rangers players, because they’re playing more on television, seem to be getting penalised. That’s true, isn’t it?”

McCoist said: “The lack of consistency is embarrassing, it’s shocking. The fact Rangers seem to be getting the brunt of it is clearly bad luck.”

Sutton responded: “How can you sit there with a straight face and say that Rangers have been getting the brunt of it? Over the years, come on!”





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