Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Miller has told a hilarious anecdote about a training ground brawl with Jorg Albertz – and revealed the German ace headbutted him after not being passed the ball by Miller.
Miller and Albertz were team-mates at Ibrox in Walter Smith’s final season in charge of his first spell with Ibrox giants and the homegrown star told how they came to blows before Ally McCoist chipped in with one of his trademark quips.
The German midfielder wasn’t exactly small in stature and the 6 foot 1 powerhouse towered over Miller but Miller admitted he didn’t back down and gave the former Hamburg star a few shots of his own.
“Jorg has went, ‘Why did you not pass the ball to me?’
“I said, ‘Jorg, I’m trying to pass the ball through to Marco.’
“He kept on going on and on. I said, ‘Shut up, ya German b*****d.’
“He said, ‘What did you say?’
“And Jorg was a big guy. So I said, ‘I’m trying to pass the ball through to Marco.’
“He said, ‘No, after that.’
“I went, ‘German b*****d?’ He went, blooter, stuck the nut on me. So I gave him two of my best Castlemilk ones, blootered him and he’s not even moved.”
“So I’ve gone, aw naw, and grabbed his arms. They big shovels, before his starts laying them into me. So I’ve just grabbed him and held on for dear life. We’re rolling about the ground. He’s trying to bite my ear, but I’m not letting the arms go.'”
Miller also revealed McCoist was quick off the mark with a quip after Swedish defender Joachim Bjorklund finally intervened and split them up, with the Gers’ record goalscorer telling Miller: “Charlie boy, you weren’t even second favourite to win that fight.”
While such stories would make headline news in 2018, such occurrences were fairly common in the 1990s – particularly within the Gers squad at that time as they had a number of incredibly driven and combative stars who were playing for their boyhood heroes.
Despite being tipped for the top – and David Beckham famously scoring from the halfway line against Wimbledon wearing Miller’s boots – Miller never hit his potential at Ibrox before moving on and carving out a fantastic career elsewhere.
Football Insider verdict:
Albertz was renowned for being a laid-back and relaxed character so getting into a fight with a team-mate is somewhat out of character for the German. These things were often forgotten about as quickly as they started although Ally McCoist’s quip is both typical of McCoist and exactly the sort of stuff that went on that meant such brawls could happen with no real detrimental effect. The visual of Miller and Albertz toe-to-toe is pretty ridiculous in itself and it isn’t a shock that Albertz came out on top.
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