Islam Feruz has lashed back at the Scottish media over stories that he ‘vanished’ from a trial in Kazakhstan after only 24 hours.
The 20-year-old was said to be over in Central Asia as he looked set to join Aktobe on loan from Chelsea.
However, The Scottish Sun reported that the former Hibs player and ex-Celtic youngster had walked off after one training session.
Coach Yuri Utkulbaev claimed he had “vanished” from his hotel room after failing to turn up for training the following day.
Feruz has since dismissed the story, which appeared a couple of days ago, claiming it is part of an overall vendetta from the Scottish media to write negative stories about him.
Even when I was scoring goals week in week out they still had negative things to say about me!Islam Feruz
He said in a series of tweets: “Trying my best to keep my head down training hard trynna gain fitness. Don’t believe what you read its obvious the scottish media hate me!
“Even when i was scoring goals week in week out they still had negative things to say about me!
“Its 100 times harder for me to get my head down and play football with all this negativity and hatred I’m surrounded in.”
Feruz has courted negative headlines throughout his young career.
A loan spell at Blackpool was cut short after he made disparaging remarks about the team. He also asked not to be selected for Scotland matches at youth level.
Then, shortly after arriving on loan at Hibs, he was arrested for driving while banned in a £80,000 sports car.
On the park he has not made much of an impact, making just nine league appearances across spells with OFI Crete, Blackpool and Hibs. For the duration of his time at Easter Road he started zero games and scored no goals before returning down south in January.
Somalian-born Feruz is eligible to play for Scotland after a rule change allowed for players to represent the national side if they were educated in that country.
Feruz and his family emigrated to this country after leaving Somalia. When they were threatened with deportation, Celtic youth coach Tommy Burns helped fight to keep him in Scotland, though Feruz later downplayed the role the club played in the decision.
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