Tennent’s complain amid Green racism claims, Andy Goram calls on Green to be gagged, Pat Fenlon plays down goal-line technology, and more.
Sponsor complains over Green
Rangers sponsors Tennent’s have complained to the club over Charles Green’s alleged racist comments.
Paul Condron, Marketing director at the brewer, said: As you would expect, Tennent’s completely disassociates itself from any racist comments. We have reiterated this in our conversations with the club. (Daily Record)
• Rangers legend Andy Goram has called for Charles Green to be gagged after the outspoken owner has gotten in trouble.
Writing for The Sun, Goram made his case clear after the latest incident which saw Green embroiled in a scandal involving racist language.
“The fact that it took Green half a week to apologise is arguably more deplorable,” according to Goram. “There are certain standards you expect from people representing Rangers. In recent times, Green has fallen short.”
• Charlie Nicholas has called on Green to come clean to Rangers fans over his dealings with Craig Whyte. Nicholas believes that failure to clear the air could see Green finished at Rangers. (The Daily Express)
Pressure on County
Aberdeen and Inverness are piling the pressure on Ross County to back a 12-12-18 structure revamp, as Dons chairman Stewart Milne says County’s refusal to get on board could only speed up the decline of Scottish football.
With St Mirren already revealing their hand and saying they will reject the plan, and Milne says that he and other club chiefs have spoken to Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor over their stance.
“Scottish football has to face up to the fact that if this fails then there are jobs on the line for everyone involved in the game,” said Milne. “I have no doubt that the decline will continue and accelerate which will spread way beyond individual clubs, it’s that important.” (The Scotsman)
Scotland ‘has bigger problems’
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon does not believe Scotland will follow England’s lead by introducing goal-line technology because there are bigger problems to fix first.
Hibs were the victim of a cruel error during their last derby with rivals Hearts after Leigh Griffiths’ goal was disallowed, despite footage showing it clearly crossed the line.
“It was disappointing, especially as it was in a derby game but it looks like the costs will be too much for them to bring it in to Scotland, said Fenlon.
“We just have to go on what the SPL tells us. If they don’t have the money, then fair enough.
“Are there bigger issues to be addressed up here? Yeah, of course there are. The money has to be spent wisely and it’s fair to say goal-line technology is not the priority.” (Edinburgh Evening News/Scotsman.com)
• Hibs legend Pat Stanton has an unusual punishment for any Easter Road player who lacks commitment ahead of the club’s semi-final cup clash with Falkirk. “I would banish them to a pub in Gorgie”, he said. (The Sun)
Watson keen to take advantage
Dundee United’s Keith Watson is hoping to take full advantage of Celtic’s run of cup upsets in order to get past the Glasgow giants to reach the final.
With the Hoops falling to Hearts, Ross County, and St Mirren at Hampden in recent years, and Watson is keen to exploit the statistic.
“Celtic haven’t done too well at Hampden recently,” he said. “ So they will be looking to put that straight. I don’t know why it is, maybe a different kind of pressure on them.
“Hopefully it will be preying on their minds a wee bit.” (The Sun)