Less than a day after claiming he had got ‘wiser’ and had learned from his past ‘mistakes’ Hibernian’s on loan striker Islam Feruz was once again in trouble as he spent the night in a police cell.
The Chelsea player, who signed on loan for Hibernian until the end of the season, appeared in court over claims he was driving his £80,000 Porsche while banned.
The Police also accused the Somali-born striker of giving a fake name when he was pulled over by officers. The 20-year-old denied the charges and a trial date was set for next year and he was freed on bail.
According to reports he gave the name ‘Saaed Cadadalla’ when he was pulled over in the Gorbals in Glasgow.
Four years ago Feruz swapped Celtic for Chelsea, an exclusive that Scotzine brought to you, however his off the field issues have clouded his playing career since his Celtic days and he has failed to reach the potential that so many believed he could.
He has had a number of short term loan deals collapse over the past year. First a loan switch to Russia in 2014 at Krylia Sovetov lasted just two days before he flew back to the UK claiming he was homesick.
He then went on loan to OFI Crete but made only three appearances for the Greek side before returning to Stamford Bridge. January saw him train with Cardiff City before deciding against a move to the Welsh side and instead joined Blackpool only to see his loan deal terminated three months early after just 16 minutes of first team football due to off field clashes.
Only this week, Feruz said: “I’ve got wiser. I know what I want and I am determined to make the most of this chance and do well. I’ve made a few mistakes but I’ve learned from them. If it was not for the mistakes, then I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
“It’s something that comes with being young. I want people to judge me on what I do now. A lot of people want to judge me based on what I’ve done in the past rather than who I am now.
“It would be nice to be judged on what I do at Hibs and how I behave in Scotland As I grew up, I learned to ignore always being under the spotlight. When I was younger, I didn’t know how to ignore the attention and I did things that I shouldn’t have. I got into trouble. The money wasn’t an issue, I just look to help my family.
“I have the same friends as I did in Scotland and I’m the same person.”
It seems that his alleged actions in the early hours of Wednesday morning paint a different picture to the one that Feruz was trying to sell to the media.