Gow not hampered by hip
Gers boss Walter Smith has denied that Alan Gow has a hip problem, despite the collapse of a move to Wolves.
By Rob Carragher
Last Updated: 24/01/09 2:04pm
Rangers boss Walter Smith has denied that midfielder Alan Gow has a hip problem, following the recent collapse of a move to Wolves on 'bio-mechanical' grounds.
The Glasgow club sought confirmation of this deep-seated problem after Mick McCarthy pulled the plug on the transfer earlier in the month.
Immediately, Rangers sent Gow for scans to uncover the extent of the injury, but to Smith's bemusement, no problem was found.
"Alan has returned from the specialist who said there is nothing wrong with his hip," Smith remarked.
"There is nothing needing done. He has a slight weakness in his hamstring which they are trying to fix, but he is free to play.
"He would never have missed a game and it is difficult to understand what all the fuss was about."
Since the breakdown of the move to Molineux, interest has gone quiet on Gow despite the midfielder enjoying a fine spell on loan at Blackpool last year, and Smith is keen to dismiss any doubts about his long-term fitness.
"We have not had any more enquiries for anyone, but in his case that is influenced by the fact people think he is not fit and he is," the former Scotland manager added.
"He never missed a game for Blackpool so when the thing came up, it was a surprise to everybody."
Meanwhile, Smith has admitted that highly rated 17-year-old John Fleck could play a prominent part in the remainder of the season.
Fleck made his first SPL start against Falkirk last weekend, going on to earn the man of the match award for his performance, and prompting praise from his manager.
"John came in last week and showed he is not fazed by playing, so I would not really be fazed by playing him anywhere," said Smith.
"I like to try and make sure it is the right time for them. Once we decide it is, that is it.
"I'm always likely with a young player - and I had Barry Ferguson in my last spell here - to be a bit careful.
"He is getting a game because he is good enough. That is the criteria."