SPFL club should be embarrassed at using ex-Rangers star in publicity stunt
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Cove Rangers should be embarrassed at Fraser Aird publicity stunt

Former Rangers star Fraser Aird is on the lookout for a new club after being sacked by Cove Rangers for gesturing to Celtic fans in the aftermath of Sunday’s Old Firm triumph – and the League Two minnows should be embarrassed at using the ex-Ger in such a shameless publicity stunt.

The wee Gers released a statement yesterday confirming Aird would be leaving the club with “immediate effect” despite his contract expiring in the next few days anyway.

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“Cove Rangers FC is aware of an image which is circulating relating to one of our players at the recent Celtic v Rangers match,” the statement said.

“As a club we do not condone such behaviour and expect all of our players to represent our club in the correct manner at all times.

“Fraser Aird’s contract with the club was due to expire at the start of January and as a result, he will be leaving the club with immediate effect.”

Cove are clearly within their rights to have taken action after Aird was spotted on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game but to release a statement announcing they’d effectively sacked him a few days prior to his contract ending all seems a bit bizarre.

Rather than trying to get themselves a few headlines by throwing Aird under the bus, they could have quite easily informed the player he’d be leaving when his deal expires in a few days time.

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It could just be a coincidence that his, now former, manager at Cove was ex-Celtic midfielder and lifelong supporter Paul Hartley.

For his part, Aird has apologised for his actions but Cove Rangers really need to take a look at how they handled the whole situation.

 

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