Bill Leckie, a sports writer for the Scottish Sun, has slammed Rangers chairman Dave King after the club’s controversial statement about Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.
The Scottish Premiership club released an official statement last week following the Aberdeen boss’ decision to turn down the chance to become the new manager at Ibrox.
Rangers have been searching for a new boss since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October and 46-year-old McInnes had emerged as the favourite to succeed him, before a shock twist saw him decide to remain in charge at Pittodrie.
Following his decision, Gers issued the statement saying that they agreed with his choice because moving to a “massive club” like Rangers is a “concomitant risk”.
The statement went on to say that the club would only appoint someone they had full confidence in and who they feel is ready for the job.
The club’s board and chairman Dave King were heavily criticised following the statement and Leckie, is the latest person to express his view.
“A proper club, a truly big club, would have taken this news with dignity, expressed their disappointment and vowed to move on,” Leckie wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“And, yes, they might also have found a snidey way to make it sound like McInnes wasn’t the be all and end all, that he’d only been one blip on their radar.
“Dave King, though, isn’t big and — in this instance at least — he certainly hasn’t been clever, no matter how often he uses words that even make Stephen Fry sneak a quick shufty at the dictionary.”
Leckie went on to describe the club as “incompetent” under King’s ownership and described the statement as “clueless”, “spiteful” and a “hissy fit”.
The sports writer also gave credit to McInnes for resisting the move to Rangers, given his personal ties to the club.
Meanwhile, the search for a permanent manager at Ibrox continues with under-20 coach Graeme Murty currently in caretaker charge.
Gers face a trip to fourth-placed Hibernian in Scottish Premiership action for their next game on Wednesday evening.