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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 4, 2009

Ex-Scotland boss Brown blasts Rangers duo

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown today branded Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor ''despicable'' and ''infantile'' for the behaviour that got them banned from ever representing their country again.

Rangers duo Ferguson and McGregor were also suspended by their club for two weeks without pay after indulging in an early-hours drinking session before responding to being dropped by Scotland by flicking V-signs at cameras during Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Iceland.

Midfielder Ferguson, who until yesterday was captain for both club and country, was also stripped of the armband at Ibrox.

Brown, who was in charge of Scotland between 1993 and 2001, told BBC Radio Five Live: ''I thought it was a despicable act, first of all to get in the state they were at the hotel - very disrespectful to everyone.

''They particularly compounded the felony when obviously, sitting in the technical area, they were were making infantile signs.''

Following their double punishment yesterday, 31-year-old Ferguson and 27-year-old McGregor, both expressed remorse for their actions.

But Brown insists their apologies came too late.

''What really appals me is they were not suitably remorseful,'' he said.

''Eventually, I gather there was a contrite statement from Barry Ferguson anyway, and after the inappropriate behaviour, there should have been.''

Brown revealed he had been on the same flight as Rangers manager Walter Smith the day after Wednesday's match at Hampden.

He said: ''I flew to London with him on Thursday morning and Walter had told me that he had said to them to get their heads down and apologise and not to get involved further. Then he was quite appalled, I think.

''They let Walter Smith down; he doesn't deserve that, neither does (Scotland boss) George Burley.

''I was at a function last night and every Scotland supporter was disgusted by their behaviour.''

Some have questioned the wisdom of Burley allowing Scotland's players to have a drink after arriving back at the team hotel from the 3-0 defeat in Holland at around 4am on Sunday morning.

Brown revealed that while he was in charge, he was much stricter.

He said: ''Sometimes I allowed them a can of beer with them on the flight over and then said, 'When we get there, you go to bed'.

''I was at five major tournaments with Scotland and that required a lot of policing in terms of looking after players.''

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