Accrington boss John Coleman accuses Josh Windass and Matt Crooks of disrespect

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman
Image: Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman not impressed with duos' comments

Accrington manager John Coleman has accused Josh Windass and Matt Crooks of being 'disrespectful' to Stanley fans following their reaction to securing summer moves to Rangers.

Rangers announced on Wednesday the pair have signed four-year contracts that will start in July, but they remain available for selection to Coleman.

Coleman told Accrington's website: "I don't get embroiled in social media but I do think going on and seeing the players had tweeted about 'buzzing to play for a massive club' is disrespectful to our fans.

"Our fans have backed them through thick and thin and I do think there should be more respect in place. When I became a manager, my ethos was always to treat players how I would want to be treated and I just wish there had been more communication from the players to myself."

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Coleman was not too concerned about the developments at Ibrox though.

"I had two bits of news on Wednesday," he said. "I obviously found out that two players are leaving at the end of the season, which I knew anyway as they didn't sign new deals earlier in the season.

Matt Crooks could be set to leave Accrington Stanley for Rangers
Image: Matt Crooks will be heading up the M6 to Glasgow this summer

"Then I heard that a former team-mate and friend John Carroll had died suddenly in his sleep. I know which piece of news upset me most and it was definitely the latter. You have to put things in perspective and be realistic.

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"Accrington can't compete with the big clubs, certainly money-wise, the players have a great chance to play for a massive club in name and in front of a big crowd. In a few years' time, they will be back to where they were before their troubles and it's a big stadium with great facilities.

"I don't blame them, they have to take the opportunity and they had every right to sign for Rangers. I wish them all the best."

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