COACH LABELS CELTIC TACTICS SHAMEFUL
RAYO Vallecano boss Paco Jemez says he’d be ashamed to adopt Celtic’s tactics in the Champions League against Barcelona. Celtic lost out to a last-gasp Jordi Alba goal to lose 2-1 in the Nou Camp as Barcelona edged out Neil Lennon’s side.
Former West Germany international and La Liga manager Bernd Schuster launched a stinging attack on the tactics in Catalonia saying they should be banned from the Champions League. Vallecano faced Barca last night in La Liga. But Jemez, pictured, says there’s no chance he’d play the same way as Celtic did in the Nou Camp. He said: “I could use the same approach as Celtic, but personally I would be too ashamed to look fans in the eye. We would also get torn to pieces on the pitch. We have to believe we can win. We all know how difficult it is to beat Barca, but it’s not impossible.”
FERGUSON SPARED BLACKPOOL FREEZE
BLACKPOOL manager Ian Holloway has revealed that club chairman Karl Oyston wanted former Rangers and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson to “rot” in the reserves and train with the Seasiders’ kids after he asked for a move.
The 34-year-old club captain asked to go on loan after failing to claim a regular first-team place at Bloomfield Road but Holloway has assured the player he won’t freeze him out. “No way did I want to do what Karl wanted me to do with Barry if a move didn’t go through – chuck him in the reserves,” he said. “He wanted to stick him with the youth team and let him rot. It can’t be that, and we’ve managed to come through it.”
Ferguson will still be part of Holloway’s plans while he’s a Blackpool player but it’s been agreed that he can leave, with former club Birmingham City favourites to take him.
RHODES ON TARGET
SCOTLAND striker Jordan Rhodes’ injury-time strike gave Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win over Watford at Ewood Park and gave caretaker manager Eric Black a second straight win.
Rhodes’ left-footed shot on the turn spared the blushes of team-mate Colin Kazim-Richards, who missed a penalty 14 minutes from time.
Cardiff extended their run of successive home victories to seven and moved to the top of the npower Championship with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Burnley.
WICK UP TO SECOND
WICK Academy leapt into second place in the Highland League after a 3-0 win over Fort William.
The Lochaber minnows held out against the Caithness visitors for 51 minutes before crumbling under pressure. David Allan made the breakthrough then doubled the lead just four minutes later. Polish talent Lukasz Geruzel hit the clincher on 77 minutes.
Deveronvale climbed into joint third place after a 3-2 win over visiting Lossiemouth. Buckie were 3-2 winners at Rothes and Clach won 2-1 at Keith. The other five matches fell foul of the wintry weather hitting the north.