Some Rangers fans might’ve missed the news that summer transfer target Daniel Sturridge was released from Turkish Super Lig leaders Trabzonspor [Trabzonspor].
The former English international was linked with a move to Ibrox last summer [Sunday Post] and a reunion with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.
But for any supporters thinking Rangers might make a cheeky move for the forward, more information has come to light about why the striker was released from the Turkish side.
Sturridge has had a footballing ban for betting offences extended from two weeks to four months which means he will not be able to play football until June.
Sturridge was originally given a six-week ban last summer, with four suspended, for allegedly passing on inside information over a potential transfer in 2018.
However, the FA appealed against the findings of an independent commission with a long, drawn-out process finally reaching its conclusion nearly two years later.
An English FA statement ruled the appeal board had “misapplied rules in relation to the use of inside information and made findings of fact which could not be sustained” [BBC Sport].
As a result, the Board found two further charges and Sturridge’s punishment amended accordingly.
Sturridge was found to have instructed his brother Leon to bet on a possible move to Sevilla and gave him inside information during the January 2018 transfer window.
The striker has been given a four-month worldwide football ban and fined £150,000.
In a video uploaded to YouTube Sturridge voiced his frustration with the decision and explained the premature mutual termination of his contract with Trabzonspor.
The talented forward, 30, had scored seven goals and contributed four assists in 16 matches for the Trabzon club.