RANGERS will be forced to pay £250,000 after losing EBT appeal; Lee Wallace has no regrets over choosing Rangers over Scotland; Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic’s season over after operation, plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip
Lee Wallace ‘no regrets’ if Rangers cost him Scotland career
Lee Wallace has expressed his desire to remain with Rangers for the rest of his career, insisting his commitment to the Ibrox club will always take precedence over his international ambitions.
“I was asked before if I thought international football would be sacrificed due to my decision to stay at Rangers,” he said.
“If that is the case, then it’s a fair sacrifice for me. I can look myself in the mirror and happily accept that.” (Scotsman)
Rangers lose £250,000 EBT appeal
Rangers must pay £250,000 after failing in their bid to avoid punishment over a longrunning dispute over EBTs. The club was originally ordered to pay the fine in 2013 after an inquiry by Lord Nimmo Smith, and will now do so following a ruling by three High Court judges in an independent SFA tribunal.
Newco Rangers, under Charles Green, had been asked to assume liability for the oldco’s fine, which came as a result of Sir David Murray’s undeclared EBT side-letters to players. The previous regime, led by chief executive Graham Wallace, had discussed ways to pay the fine, but David King’s ascendancy since as club chairman had made the way forward less clear. (Daily Record)
Ross McCormack vows not to quit on Scotland
Scotland striker Ross McCormack has said he will never quit on representing his country despite being a late addition to the squad. Gordon Strachan made the Fulham striker a late selection following Steven Naismith’s withdrawal, but McCormack was key in Scotland’s win over the Czech Republic on Friday, setting up Ikechi Anya’s goal in the 1-0 victory.
“I’ve seen it before when players come into a squad late and then start, and the manager obviously goes with horses for courses. He must have seen something in the way the Czech Republic play that made him think I could exploit it.” (Daily Express)
Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic out for rest of season
Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic will not play for the rest of the season after undergoing a knee operation. The £5 million Croatian defender went under the knife on Wednesday and faces a battle to be ready in time for Celtic’s European ties in July.
The defender hasn’t played for Celtic since January, when it emerged he had been playing with a broken bone in his knee for six weeks.
Simunovic was one of Ronny Deila’s marquee signings, having been bought from Dinamo Zagreb last year – but the stopper has only made 17 appearances during an injury-hit campaign. (The Scottish Sun)
Hearts goalkeeper frustrated at lack of first team action
Highly-rated Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton turned in a creditable performance against France’s U21 side, who prevailed 2-0 against Hamilton’s Scotland side. But Hamilton has opened up about his frustration at how Neil Alexander’s form has prevented him from showing the same capabilities at club level.
He said: “It’s been hard at Hearts because we’ve got Neil Alexander, who has been really good for us. It’s difficult for me to break through and it’s tough to wait for a chance, It’s about watching the people in front of me and trying to learn from them.” (Scotsman)