Rangers have been left red-faced today after Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza was tricked by a Celtic fan into admitting that he had only moved to Ibrox for the money, during an internet recording.
In a 23-minute recorded phonecall which has appeared online, a Glasgow taxi driver posed as a Los Angeles-based agent and lured the Gers player into revealing details of his £4,500 a week wages, and that he is already looking at a move elsewhere.
Sandaza is the latest Scottish footballing figure to be duped by Celtic fan “Tommy”, who has previously tricked
Craig Whyte and former SFA chief executive David Taylor.
The Spanish player thought he was being approached by “Jack McGonigle” about a big move to the US’ Major League, and revealed that his wages would rise to £10,000 in the final fourth year, during which Rangers expect to play in Scottish football’s top tier.
In the recording, Sandaza tells “McGonigle” that he would be keen to leave Rangers, but doesn’t want him to reveal his intentions to the club in case of trouble.
The prankster also tried to coax Sandaza into insulting Rangers boss Ally McCoist but the player refused, saying: “I have to be careful because some people have called me and record it and then put it in the papers. And I haven’t met you face to face.”
Rangers are said to be investigating the matter and discussing it with Sandaza.