“Disappointed” - Former captain speaks out after ex-SFA Supremo’s comments
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Lee McCulloch speaks out after former SFA Chairman’s comments

Lee McCulloch has been outspoken in his response to George Peat’s comments. He has said Rangers might get answers to the fixture controversy.

Former SFA Chaiman George Peat said yesterday that an unnamed “prominent” club Chairman told him not to assist Rangers in any way when the club reached the UEFA Cup final in Manchester 08.

Ex-Rangers’ forward Lee McCulloch played a key role in Rangers run to the UEFA Cup final. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rangers played five games in eleven days and missed out on the European trophy. They also lost the league on the final day to Celtic.

Although the league was extended, it certainly was not extended enough. Rangers fans feel they didn’t have the support of the league in going for a major European trophy.

“Disappointed and sad to hear”

Lee McCulloch expressed real sadness about Peat’s comments. He was part of the squad of 08. Like every fan, was gutted as things fell apart in the extensive, end-of-season run.

He said:

I was really disappointed and quite sad to hear George Peat’s version of events and what he said about the build-up to the UEFA Cup final.

That was an incredible season for me on a personal level. And I know how much it meant to the manager, the staff and the players to get to Manchester.

It was a huge event for the Rangers supporters and the fact that we couldn’t deliver the trophy will always be a regret from my career.

The effort that we put into that campaign. Playing as many games as we did whilst competing for four medals. It was unreal and I would be upset if there were people or clubs plotting against Rangers in the background at that time.

Questions will remain unanswered

Lee McCulloch also believes that questions from that night will remain unanswered. Rangers had a superb chance to win a rare European title.

Ex-SFA Chairman George Peat’s comments have opened a can of worms. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It would’ve been great for Scottish football and for those to at the top of it to meddle feels petty and parochial.

McCulloch said:

Whether it would have been any different or not had we had more help from the authorities at Hampden we will never know. Nobody can answer that.

But it is a real shame that we didn’t get the best preparation possible. As much time possible. To help us achieve what would have been something so special for the whole of Scottish football.

It is quite sad in many ways if that was the case. I hope this chairman is named and we find out the truth.

But I fear we will never get to the bottom of it and get the whole story of what happened and why we were forced into that situation.

It just shows you what can go on behind the scenes in football. We can’t go back in time unfortunately but I can understand why the Rangers fans feel as strongly about what George Peat has said.”

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