Rangers flop Kevin Kyle has opened up on being sent off for Rangers against Queen of the South during his shambolic Ibrox spell – and the former striker’s comments show why he can’t find any place in the game after hanging his boots up.
Kyle was sent off 11 minutes after coming on as a substitute as the Gers lost at home to QotS and Kyle admitted that he was intent on getting sent off before he’d even got his tracksuit off – but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
The former striker then revealed that after a dressing down from manager Ally McCoist, he “felt like s*** for about five minutes” before moving on from the whole thing.
“I came on as a sub and I only had one thing on my mind, and that was to elbow somebody,” Kyle told Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast.
“I targeted a certain individual, no because I don’t like him. Big Ryan McGuffie. I don’t know why. I played against him at school level – I think he went to Newcastle – I just always thought he was a f****.
“I just thought, ‘f*** it, see when I come on, he’s getting it’. I don’t know why, it’s just that moment in your head. I just thought, right he’s getting it. We had a throw-in down the line, I’ve come to try to flick it on and he’s behind me so I thought, ‘f*** it, if there’s any opportunity it’s now’.
“So they took the throw-in and I’ve just f****** swung the big right elbow, caught him flush and he’s went down and then obviously, we got beat by Queen of the South that night. It made my sending-off a hundred times worse. [Ally] McCoist says ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’. I says ‘no bother gaffer, I’ll be in first thing in the morning’.
“Next morning he says, ‘Kev, I like to defend my players but see this, I can’t defend it’. I said, ‘gaffer, I was just putting my arms up to try and elevate myself’. He says, ‘Kev, don’t lie to me, watch this back’. He made me watch it back and I was like, ‘aye gaffer’.
“He was alright, he said that was what cost us the game. I felt like s*** for about five minutes and then that was me.”
Kyle is hardly a popular figure with Rangers fans as it is, but his latest comments are utterly embarrassing for an amateur to have come out with, let alone a former Scotland international who was playing for Rangers at the time.
The biggest surprise for Rangers fans will be that Kyle actually managed to hit the target with his elbow because it was something he seemed to have a helluva lot of trouble doing with a ball.
With Kyle now making a living out of the game, his comments won’t see a host of clubs rushing to bring him into work with their players – and shows just how utterly lacking in professionalism or any sort of personal pride the former striker is.