Bain slams SFA over ban
Martin Bain is to meet with SFA officials after being angered by Allan McGregor's retrospective ban.
Last Updated: 18/10/10 3:04pm
Rangers chief executive Martin Bain is to meet with Scottish Football Association officials this week after being angered by Allan McGregor's retrospective ban.
The goalkeeper was suspended following an incident in the game against Aberdeen last month when he allegedly aimed a kick at Chris Maguire.
Match officials missed what happened at the time but he was later found guilty of violent conduct after the SFA reviewed video evidence.
McGregor served his ban in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Motherwell but it is the handling of the whole affair that has upset Bain.
The hearing took place while McGregor was on international duty with Scotland, with both the player and Rangers officially learning of his ban the day after the defeat against Czech Republic in Prague.
"Allan McGregor receiving a retrospective ban in the fashion that he did is something that has angered the club greatly," Bain told shareholders at Rangers' annual general meeting in Glasgow.
No good enough
"For whatever reason, it took 11 days for us to be informed officially. Firstly, that's not good enough. Secondly, the conclusion of the whole thing was in the form of a letter.
"That angered us greatly because that is a complete move from previous procedure, when we were always told by telephone by the SFA. On that day, I was told we would only know by recorded delivery letter."
Bain is now looking forward to holding face-to-face discussions with new SFA chief executive Stewart Regan over the next few days.
He said: "I fired off a strongly-worded letter before the match to the SFA. I've since had a reply and I'm due to meet the chief executive later this week.
"As a football club, we weren't going to say anything publicly about our actions because we have no intention whatsoever of being accused of undermining Scotland and their performance with two matches imminent.
"But we are angry about it, the procedures are wrong and hopefully the new chief executive will address those in the coming week."