Football - Green - I didn't try to win anyone over

Rangers chief executive Charles Green claims he does not speak out in a bid to win over fans - but he admitted calling his players the worst team in Ibrox history might have been a mistake.

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Football - Green - I didn't try to win anyone over

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Charles Green did not totally back down from his strong comments

Green originally made the comments in a radio interview when defending Ally McCoist's performance as manager, and then stood by them in a Sunday newspaper interview. Green did not exactly back down over the team criticism but he appeared to recognise that his public comments might not have been helpful.

The former Sheffield United chief executive told STV: "I've said a lot of things in 12 months. There isn't one thing that stands out that I think 'well, perhaps I shouldn't have said that'. Perhaps I shouldn't have said this was the worst Rangers team ever. Perhaps that wasn't a good thing to say. Was it true? Was it misleading?

"It wasn't said to win fans over. It wasn't said to win anyone over. The press say Charles Green says this to keep the fans onside. I don't."

Responding to Green's remarks after his side beat Queen's Park on Sunday in their first match since clinching the Irn-Bru Third Division title, McCoist said: "It's also the best Rangers team Charles has ever seen, to be honest. In my opinion, it's not the worst Rangers team.

"I'm not sure how many titles Charles has won in his career but I've been very fortunate to win 14 at our football club, including as assistant manager. That title we were all involved in just there is the hardest one. I know what it takes to win a title. It doesn't matter what division you are in, it takes a special group of people and talent and hard work to win titles.

"We've got a group of boys who were assembled in the space of six or seven days and have managed to win a title and they are 24 points clear. I would think everybody could maybe take a wee step back and offer some congratulations to those boys. I'm certainly doing that right now."

Meanwhile, Green defended his decision to sack Francisco Sandaza over comments made during a hoax telephone call that was broadcast online. The striker revealed details of his salary and talked about a potential move during a long conversation with someone masquerading as an agent.

The striker scored two goals in 17 games for Rangers after signing a three-year contract in August. Green said: "If Lionel Messi was a Rangers player and he was recorded saying 'I don't want to play for Rangers, get me a contract, I'll go and sign for another club, give it to me, don't go through the club,' I'd sack Lionel Messi. Anyone, it wouldn't matter.

"If anyone denigrates this club, if anyone has no respect for the badge, if anyone doesn't want to work here, then go."

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