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