Pawlett charged for Dundee ‘dive’

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger claims that his fitness
struggles over recent years have led him to consider
retirement.

The Denmark centre-half has endured wretched luck on the injury
front during his time at Anfield, taking in regular spells on the
sidelines.

He has, however, made more Premier League appearances this
season than in any of his previous seven on Merseyside.

The 28-year-old insists he is enjoying his football again and is
feeling ‘fine’.

Agger is, however, prepared to admit that he considered hanging
up his boots during the dark days on the treatment table.

He told Danish newspaper BT: “I do not have a long time
left.

“I have considered ending my career some times. I have had some
serious injuries, and at times I have considered retiring.

“But right now I am fine.”

The Glasgow side celebrated their first step back towards the
top flight following last summer’s liquidation crisis by lifting
the Irn-Bru Third Division title on Saturday.

McCoist’s men secured the fourth-tier crown with a 24-point
winning margin but the manager came under pressure from fans after
embarrassing defeats to part-time opponents Stirling, Annan and
Peterhead and disappointing cup performances.

Rae – who helped Rangers win the SPL in 2005 – feels Green
should have done more to help McCoist rebuild his squad after he
was left with just six signed players in the weeks after the club’s
financial implosion.

The Blackpool assistant manager said: “It’s been a really
difficult job for Ally. During the transfer window last summer, he
wanted five or six players in so he could give the supporters some
good football. But, and this is just me reading between the lines,
Charles Green never fulfilled his pledge to allow Ally to bring
players in.

“Then he let Carlos Bocanegra go out on loan and brought in
David Templeton on half the money. So it was cost cutting the whole
way and the squad was decimated.

“The next year or two going forward, that is when you will be
able to judge Ally McCoist.”

McCoist has been criticised for the lack of flair shown by his
side and the failure of many of his signings to perform
consistently.

But Rae says the manager did not have all the necessary tools at
his disposal.

“I think that the fact Rangers don’t have a scouting network is
unbelievable,” he said.

“If you look at the big clubs, they have scouts worldwide, never
mind just in the UK.

“Rangers, to my knowledge, don’t have anyone in place at the
moment. So there is a lot of work to be done because it just
nullifies your chances of bringing in players who are going to
succeed.”

Former chief scout Neil Murray left the club shortly before
Green stepped down as chief executive amid negative publicity
surrounding claims by former owner Craig Whyte over his links with
the Yorkshireman when his consortium took control. Green denied any
wrongdoing.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that
Pawlett had been issued with a notice of complaint.

The 22-year-old faces a two-match ban if he accepts the charge
or loses a potential challenge to the decision.