Strachan rues Pearson position
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Strachan rues the fact his chat with Stephen Pearson has been made public.
Gordon Strachan is disappointed his conversation with Stephen Pearson has entered the public domain.
The Celtic chief had a discussion with Pearson in midweek which concluded with Strachan informing his player that he would 'reluctantly' allow him to leave 'if the price is right', according to his agent.
Strachan was hopeful that Pearson would keep their discussion private but his agent, Willie McKay, was informed of what was said and has since spoken publicly of his player's situation at Celtic Park.
"Stephen and I had a private conversation and it was fantastic," said Strachan.
"But guess what? He told his agent. And they just can't keep out of it.
"Willie is a lovely fellow, but you cannot tell Willie a secret or out he goes, because they have got an ego as well, they have to be seen.
"Stephen is an absolute gem, I would love him to stay, but I understand his worries at the moment. Not a problem."
When pressed on the future of another of his players rumoured to be on the move, Derek Riordan, Strachan was less than enthused about the line of questioning.
"I don't know if he is unhappy. Is anybody who doesn't get a game unhappy?
"I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't getting a game.
"It's how you handle not playing. But he has been all right for me. You can talk about everybody. Let's talk about Jiri (Jarosik) when he wasn't playing.
"We just seem to have this pre-occupation with local players, nobody gave two hoots about Jiri when he was out.
"What Jiri did was play away. He didn't complain, he just tried with the best of his ability and he is now reaping the benefits."