Rangers transfer news: Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam ‘absolutely’ interested in Rangers return and reuniting with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard

2 Jan

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has admitted he’s “absolutely” interested in returning to former side Rangers in this transfer window.

The Ibrox side were Adam’s first professional club, before he made the move to Blackpool in 2009, where he won promotion to the Premier League and later sealed a move to Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard, now Rangers manager, played alongside Charlie Adam at Liverpool

Adam’s former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard is now managing the Scottish giants, and speaking at a William Hill media event, the experienced midfielder says he would be interested in rejoining his former side – who are joint top of the SPL after beating arch rivals Celtic 1-0 in their final game of 2018.

However, he revealed he has had no contact with any club, including Hearts, who are reportedly keen to land him.

He told Press Association Sport: “At the moment I am still contracted to Stoke but I want to play and hopefully there are opportunities during the window to play somewhere.

“The Rangers thing is something that it would interest me. Absolutely.

“I have been back more times this season than in the last four or five years. I can see it is going in the right direction.

“Steven has obviously put his authority on the club. The players are playing well, playing with an unbelievable amount of confidence.

Gerrard got the better of his old boss on Merseyside, Brendan Rodgers as Rangers won the Old Firm derby 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Ryan Jack

“The manager has got it on a playing field where it is competitive and what a hell of a result against Celtic in the last game.

“The tails are up, they have momentum but they know it is going to be a big challenge from now until the end of the season

As it stands, the Rangers squad has a very youthful vibe with the likes of Ryan Kent (22), Connor Goldson (26) and Jack (26) just a few of the youngsters on the Gers’ team sheet.

But in a season where it appears the Glasgow outfit will bid to take Celtic all the way for the title, Gerrard is experienced enough himself to know the importance of having some level headed and well-versed squad members to get over the line.

“But at the moment there is nothing to it. We are talking up something that is not there but everyone knows I started my career at Rangers, I played in front of 50,000 with the pressure.
“It is something I’d relish and enjoy. I want to play.”

Adam, now 33, has only appeared a handful of times for the Potters in the Championship this season, and admits he is ready to move on a temporary or permanent basis this month in a search for first-team football.

Adam has made a total of five appearances this season for Stoke this season, with two of these coming in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup

He added: “I have played three games for Stoke so it has been frustrating so whoever it may be, I am ready to go and want to contribute.”

Adam, capped 26 times by Scotland, has heard nothing from Hearts, but revealed he is a big fan of boss Craig Levein, whom he worked under during his time with the national team.

He revealed: “I woke up on Tuesday and I had loads of texts about Hearts.

“I have had no contact with any club in Scotland.

“I don’t know where it has come from, speaking to people I know, supposedly there is an interest but there has been no contact with me or my agent.

Craig Levein worked with Adam during his time as Scotland manager from 2009 to 2012

“I had a good relationship with Craig at Scotland and I like Craig as a manager and as a person.

“He is straight, honest, says it how it is, like me, and sometimes he upsets people.

“He is a good guy, he has done terrifically well but at the moment there is nothing there.

“I’ve had a good career. I have enjoyed it. I have a lot to go and I still have a lot to learn, I like to learn every day.

“Hopefully I go to a place where I will enjoy it and hopefully they enjoy me being there.”

 

Rangers legend Ally McCoist SLAMS decision to withdraw Paul Gascoigne’s Scottish Football Hall of Fame nomination

12 Oct

Ally McCoist has branded the Scottish Football Hall of Fame ‘an absolute embarrassment’ over the decision to withdraw Paul Gascoigne’s nomination.

Former Rangers and England superstar Gazza was set to be inducted at a dinner in Glasgow in October 21, having been nominated by the public and selected by an expert panel.

Ally and Gazza developed a close bond during the England legend’s three years at the Ibrox

But, just nine days before the event, organisers announced they had withdrawn Gascoigne’s nomination due to ‘concerns’ over his health.

Rangers legend McCoist has slammed the decision, branding Gazza one of Scottish football’s greatest imports and insisting there is no question he deserves a Hall of Fame spot.

“It’s just another embarrassment for Scottish football,” said the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host on Friday.

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


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“There have been some brilliant imports, players like Henrik Larsson, Paulo Di Canio and Brian Laudrup, but Gascoigne – it was an absolute privilege and a pleasure to play with someone of that talent.

“I actually think we got the best out of Gascoigne when he was out Rangers, and he took that to international level with England at the same time. He was playing with Rangers when he scored one of England’s greatest ever goals [that flick and volley against Scotland at Euro ‘96].

“He absolutely lit up Scottish football.”

Gazza won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season with Rangers

Gazza joined Rangers from Lazio in the summer of 1995 and won two Scottish league titles and two cups in three years at the Ibrox.

He also won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season with the Glasgow club, and played a big part in their run of nine straight league titles.

Former team-mate McCoist added: “Does he deserve his place in the Scotland Hall of Fame? You’re joking, 100 per cent he does!

“He is one of the great things to have happened to Scottish football, his three-year spell at Rangers was nothing short of sensational.

“It’s just what happens in Scottish football, they just shoot themselves in the foot all the time.

The England legend was loved at Rangers

“How could you release something saying, ‘Gascoigne has been inducted into the Scotland Hall of Fame’ – great, Paul gets a boost and his fans get a boost – and then all of a sudden with nine days to go say it’s been withdrawn?

“It’s an embarrassment, an absolute embarrassment.”

Vinnie Jones ‘absolutely outraged’ at Paul Gascoigne’s Scottish Hall of Fame snub and calls for mental health experts to get involved

12 Oct

Vinne Jones has told talkSPORT he is ‘absolutely outraged’ with the decision to withdraw Paul Gascoigne’s nomination to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame due to concerns over his health.

The former Wimbledon star has also called for mental health experts to get involved, branding the snub a ‘massive kick in the nuts to a man in recovery’.

Gazza has been denied entry to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

Rangers legend Gazza was due to be inducted at a dinner in Glasgow on October 21, having been nominated by the public and selected by a expert panel.

But the Scottish Football Association have now performed a U-turn, revealing on Thursday that Gascoigne will no longer be inducted.

Reports have claimed SFA board members threatened to boycott the event over Gazza’s nomination, with some voicing their concerns over his suitability for a Hall of Fame spot.

A statement from organisers read: “Further to consultation with the chair and members of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee, due to a number of factors including ongoing enquiries, and concerns over the state of Paul’s health, it has been decided to withdraw the nomination of Paul Gascoigne at this time from this year’s nomination process.”

And the decision has enraged former on-pitch rival and now close friend Jones, who phoned into talkSPORT on Friday morning to voice his disgust with the SFA.

“I’m absolutely outraged about this,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

Vinnie and Gazza were recently reunited by talkSPORT for a special podcast

“When Gazza went to Rangers, he lit up Scottish football. The SFA were absolutely proud as punch to have a player of Gazza’s calibre playing in Scotland.

“Now, after football if you develop some mental health problems they have got to be addressed. Alcoholism is a disease, it’s uncontrollable, and Gazza has worked his backside off over the last couple of years to sort those problems out.

“He’s on the road to recovery and this is massive kick in the nuts.

Gazza won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season with Rangers

“It’s absolutely disgraceful, boys. Disgraceful.

“This is a massive setback for the boy. I haven’t spoken to him yet today, but I’m absolutely gutted for him

“This is something people involved with mental health should get involved in now and have their say, because Gazza developed some problems after football. We talk about depression, how’s he going to feel now that they’ve done this?


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“In England, Scotland, for Tottenham and Newcastle – he was the crown prince of football that time. Give him the award he deserves and don’t knock him for what’s happened after football.

“What happens after football with your mental health has got nothing to do with your contribution on the pitch.“

Vinne Jones has voiced his outrage at the Scottish FA for their treatment of his friend

Asked if he has a message of support for Gazza, Jones added: “I’m just ready to give him a big cuddle.

“This has really hurt me and I know it’s going to hurt him real bad.

“It’s an embarrassment to the Scottish FA, it doesn’t matter who it is who has done this. The health people should absolutely jump on this now.”

Rangers icon Paul Gascoigne axed from Scottish Football Hall of Fame due to health concerns

11 Oct

Paul Gascoigne’s nomination for the Scottish Football Hall of Fame has been withdrawn.

The former Rangers and England star was set to be inducted at a dinner in Glasgow on October 21.

Gazza has been denied entry to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

But following reports that a number of the Scottish Football Association’s board members were set to avoid the event in relation to concerns over Gascoigne’s suitability for the honour, the Scottish Football Hall of Fame now says his nomination will not proceed.

A statement from organisers read: “Further to consultation with the chair and members of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee, due to a number of factors including ongoing enquiries, and concerns over the state of Paul’s health, it has been decided to withdraw the nomination of Paul Gascoigne at this time from this year’s nomination process.”

The England legend was loved at Rangers

Gascoigne was set to become the latest non-Scottish player to receive the honour: following his former England team-mate Terry Butcher, Danish playmaker Brian Laudrup and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson.

The former Tottenham midfielder joined Rangers from Lazio in the summer of 1995 and won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season, just before scoring against Scotland at Euro 96.

He left for Middlesbrough in March 1998 but not before sparking a series of headlines with his behaviour both on the park and off it.

His first appearance at Ibrox during a pre-season friendly clash with Steaua Bucharest saw him make a flute gesture – an act he repeated at Celtic Park three years later.

Gascoigne also admitted assaulting his then wife Sheryl at Gleneagles Hotel in October 1996 – an incident that saw him widely condemned by women’s groups.

Since retiring from football, the 57-time England international has struggled with alcohol and mental health issues.

The SFA has concerns over Gascoigne’s health

The Scottish Football Hall of Fame recognises figures who have made a significant contribution to the game north of the border. Inductees are chosen by a panel made up from the football and media worlds following nominations from the public.

While Gascoigne’s nomination has been withdrawn, this month’s dinner will still go ahead. Julie Fleeting, Scotland’s top women goalscorer, has already been confirmed as one of the new entrants and three more will be announced on the night.