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MURTY SLAMMED OVER ‘SILLY STATEMENT’

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GRAEME MURTY has been slammed by QPR gaffer Ian Holloway for a “silly statement” over on-loan Sean Goss.

The Rangers caretaker boss revealed the midfielder, who agreed the switch from Loftus Road in January, was one of his targets for a permanent move in the summer.

Goss netted with an excellent free-kick in the Ibrox side’s 4-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth on Tuesday night, but Holloway appears to have scuppered any thoughts Murty might have had about landing him on a permanent contract.

He said: “I’d rather talk to Graeme about that myself because he is out of order talking about my player.

“He’s my player, nobody else’s. It’s not right he’s talking about trying to buy one of my players when that player is not for sale.

“I’m glad the boy is doing well. We bought him to be a good player – he is a good player – and I’m glad he’s getting the experience, but he’s likely to come back and play for us. It’s as simple as that.

“His future is at QPR. I bought him to be a QPR player. I’ve loaned him out when he’s never been loaned out before and I’m delighted he’s doing well, but he won’t be getting sold.

“If Graeme has said he wants him permanently, then that’s a bit of a silly statement because he is not for sale.

“You can’t buy someone who is not for sale. Graeme should do his job by speaking to me about my player.

“Graeme’s a good bloke, but I’m pretty surprised he’s left himself open to this. I have no issue with him, but the boy is not for sale.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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