Sproule issues quit threat
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian winger Ivan Sproule could quit Scotland as he feels he is being victimised.
Hibernian winger Ivan Sproule says that he could quit Scottish football as he feels he is being victimised by referees and officials.
Sproule was sent off by referee Stuart Dougal during Hibs's game against champions Celtic on Saturday for a challenge on Lee Naylor.
It was the second time the Northern Ireland international has been shown a red card by Dougal, as he also sent him off against Rangers in December.
The 25-year-old has not taken it well and believes that he is being victimised, and warned he could leave Scottish football as a result.
"I love Scotland and I really love playing for Hibs because they've been first class to me," Sproule told the Daily Record.
"But if things keep going the way they have been then I can't see myself staying in Scotland for much longer.
"I definitely wouldn't want to sign for another club in this country.
"The referee has sent me off before and I'm sure that wasn't for a bad tackle either. I just can't understand it but it's the kind of thing that will maybe force me out of Scotland.
"This time I feel I've been victimised, because I don't think anybody else on the park making the same challenge would have got the same result."