PFA boss wants talks over duo
PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart believes Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor deserve a second chance.
Last Updated: 17/04/09 9:42am
PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart believes the Scottish Football Association should give Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor a second chance.
The Rangers duo were handed lifetime international bans after making V-signs while sat on the bench against Iceland at Hampden Park following their removal from the starting XI for a late-night drinking session.
Gers boss Walter Smith has since relented on his initial verdict that the pair would never play for their club again, and now Wishart has called the SFA's decision into question.
The players' union boss feels the SFA acted too hastily and has queried the exact nature of the punishment issued to the two players.
"I think it's something we need to discuss with the SFA," Wishart said.
"I don't think anyone is particularly clear as to what the actual sanction from the SFA is.
"I think the players were due the courtesy of being allowed to give their side of the story and sit and talk to George Burley, George Peat and Gordon Smith, and explain what went on and apologise for their actions.
"The players can do no more; they have admitted what they did was wrong and apologised unreservedly.
"Once they get back in the Rangers fold, I think they may want to ask one or two more questions."
Wishart believes both players will want to resurrect their international careers if given the opportunity.
"The main thing for them is that their Rangers careers are back on track," he said.
"I do think in Scotland we should be a bit bigger than to continue to beat these guys with a stick.
"The matter with the SFA is something I'm sure I'll discuss with Allan and Barry in the coming weeks but, at the moment, we've not discussed it in any detail.
"I think if you asked the two of them they would want to sit down with the SFA and George Burley in particular, because in the end who plays and doesn't play should be down to the manager.
"I think that opportunity may come in the future but, at the moment, there are no plans in place.
"We don't need to do this with any haste. That's something I said at the time, there was no need for the haste with the decision from the SFA.
"I think it could have been handled in a way where you wait for the furore to die down and the players are given the opportunity to put their side of the story.
"There is no game coming up for Scotland and this is time to take stock."