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.