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EX-GERS STAR SACKED AFTER DERBY GESTURE

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FORMER Rangers star Fraser Aird has apologised for the gesture at the end of his old club’s 2-1 win over Celtic that led to him being sacked by Cove Rangers.

The 24-year-old forward was at Parkhead on Sunday to watch Steven Gerrard’s men claim their first win in the east end of Glasgow since 2010.

Television Cameras caught Aird making an offensive gesture at full-time during the visitors’ celebrations and his contract was consequently ended by the League Two club.

The player posted a statement on Twitter on Monday which read: “I would like to apologise for my actions yesterday at the Old Firm. I got caught up in supporting my boyhood club and did something thoughtless.

“I know that as a professional footballer, I have a responsibility to carry myself in an appropriate manner.

“Yesterday I didn’t do that. I hope everyone will forgive me for it. Happy New Year everybody.”

The Highland side, managed by ex-Celtic and Scotland midfielder Paul Hartley, had released a statement earlier in the day which read: “Cove Rangers FC is aware of an image which is circulating relating to one of our players at the recent Celtic v Rangers match.

“As a club we do not condone such behaviour and expect all of our players to represent our club in the correct manner at all times.

“Fraser Aird’s contract with the club was due to expire at the start of January and as a result, he will be leaving the club with immediate effect.”

* HAPPY New Year when it arrives, folks! The Scotzine team wishes all our readers a healthy and prosperous 2020. Have a good one and we’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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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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