Strach has no sympathy for Le Guen
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan declined to offer sympathy to Rangers boss Paul Le Guen.
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan declined to offer sympathy to under pressure Rangers boss Paul Le Guen.
Le Guen's position has been the subject of speculation after a disappointing start to his reign at Ibrox.
Rangers trail Celtic by 15 points in the SPL and crashed out of the CIS Cup in midweek in embarrassing circumstances after losing 2-0 at home to St Johnstone.
Strachan can empathise with Le Guen's plight, but he refused to have sympathy for the Ibrox chief.
"I don't think I sympathised with Alex McLeish (Le Guen's predecessor) last season," said Strachan.
"At the time I said if there was anything to say to Alex I would say it to his face.
"I don't think I did any of that sympathy thing.
"I empathise with every manager. Every Saturday, whether it be Yeovil or anywhere, when I see a manager who is hurting, I empathise with them. That's the way I am.
"I said if I wanted to speak to Alex I would lift up the phone and speak to him and it would be the same to any manager and I have done it regularly.
"If I see a manager hurting I pick up the phone and go, 'hey, it's not as bad as that.'
"You'll never know if I've done it (with Paul Le Guen)"
Strachan was also refusing to worry over the failure to agree a new deal with Shaun Maloney.
Contract talks with the young forward, who is out of contract in the summer, have stalled.
Strachan is not frustrated at the hold-up in talks and is not worrying over the player's future.
Asked if the situation with Maloney was annoying him. Strachan said: "Not really. That's 10 years I've been a manager and I've had to deal with these things before.
"It can be more annoying for other people, those people who want information, but it doesn't worry me, no.
"These things affect some players and doesn't affect others.
"But I couldn't tell you (if it does affect Maloney)."
Meanwhile, Bhoys defender Lee Naylor has been named Bank of Scotland Player of the Month for October after several impressive performances.