Gazza snub is blasted by McCoist

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FORMER Rangers boss Ally McCoist claims the de­ci­sion to with­draw Paul Gas­coigne’s nom­i­na­tion for the Scot­tish Foot­ball Hall of Fame is an “em­bar­rass­ment” to the game north of the bor­der.

The ex-Rangers and Eng­land mid­fielder was due to be in­ducted at a Glas­gow din­ner a week on Sun­day.

His in­vite was pulled on Thurs­day night, or­gan­is­ers cit­ing “a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing on­go­ing en­quiries and con­cerns over the state of Paul’s health” for the de­ci­sion.

The u-turn came on the back of re­ports sev­eral Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­bers were set to snub the event in re­la­tion to con­cerns over Gas­coigne’s suit­abil­ity for the hon­our.

Now McCoist – who played along­side Gas­coigne dur­ing his two-and-a-half year stay in Glas­gow – has hit out at those be­hind the move.

He said: “It is just an­other em­bar­rass­ment.

“There is no doubt Gas­coigne has been one of the play­ers to brighten up Scot­tish foot­ball over the last 30 to 40 years.

“It was an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege and a plea­sure to play with some­body of that tal­ent.

“I ac­tu­ally think we got the best of Gas­coigne when he was at Rangers.

“Does he de­serve his place in the Scot­land Hall of Fame?

“You are jok­ing, 100 per cent he does.

“How­ever, it is just what hap­pens in Scot­tish foot­ball.

“Not only do they make mis­takes but they just shoot them­selves in the foot all the time.

“How can they re­lease some­thing say­ing Paul Gas­coigne has been in­ducted into the Scot­land Hall of Fame – great, Paul gets a boost – and then all of a sud­den with nine days to go say it has been with­drawn?

“It is an em­bar­rass­ment, an ab­so­lute em­bar­rass­ment.”

Fans group Fol­low Rangers say they are “ap­palled” by the de­ci­sion.

Their state­ment added: “Treat­ing some­one with known men­tal health is­sues with such in­sen­si­tiv­ity is un­for­giv­able.”

Paul Gas­coigne

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