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Strachan Fury Over Albertz Debacle

A disconsolate Gordon Strachan has blasted Glasgow Rangers’ way of doing business after another transfer deal fell flat.

Gordon StrachanHe has revealed that he waited for ten days to sign thrilling midfielder Jorg Albertz after being told that he would be available after the Champions League qualifying match.

But Strachan has said that the Rangers chairman David Murray announced that the £4 million deal was off after Albertz scored a superb goal – not the first in his career for the Scottish champion.

And he fumed that this was the second time that Rangers had let him down after an accepted £4m bid for winger Neil McCann was turned down at the eleventh hour because coach Dick Advocaat wanted to keep more Scottish players in the squad.

The Sky Blues gaffer said he was instead offered either Albertz or winger Andrei Kanchelskis by Rangers chairman David Murray.

He told Sky TV:

"I couldn't believe my ears. I'm a Jorg Albertz fan and I didn't think he would be able to move. I said to our chairman right away 'get back to them, give him what he wants'."

Since the reverse on Albertz, Strachan says that he has been offered McCann again, but nothing has been agreed.


UEFA Cup hopefuls Barry Town had fought to borrow Coventry City players for the start of their European campaign lat night.

They said they had an agreement with the Sky Blues to sign one or two players on loan for their qualifying round.

As Coventry City is not in any European competition, the club had nothing to lose by risking their ineligibility.

But Barry's efforts were blocked by the Football Association, who said that any loan period had to be for a minimum of three months because of Fifa rules.

Barry argued that there have been one-month deals involving Scottish and Irish clubs. They lost last night away to Boavista of Portgual by two goals to nil.
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