Alex McLeish claims education is key as Rangers teen McKee is sent off for alleged homophobic insult
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Alex McLeish wants Rangers to educate Chris McKee after the youngster was sent off while on loan at Brechin for the alleged use of homophobic language.
As Brechin were relegated from League Two in a play-off defeat to Kelty Hearts, 19-year-old McKee was shown his marching orders in the 41st minute of the second-leg of the defeat.
A Rangers spokesperson has since confirmed, via Sky Sports, that the club will “investigate this incident thoroughly and it will be treated with the utmost seriousness”.
While McLeish believes that McKee and other players need to be educated, he hopes that the young Northern Irish forward’s career isn’t ruined by what allegedly happened at the weekend.
Speaking to Ibrox News, the former Gers manager said: “Education all around because clearly, a lot of people don’t understand the way the world is turning. You have to get up to speed with that.
“It is down to education. I don’t think a young person who’s made one mistake should have his career destroyed. If that’s the case I think there’d be a few losing their positions. You’ve seen in the past with one or two other peoples’ comments.
“It is absolutely serious but absolutely fundamental that the clubs educate these kids.”
After Brechin’s defeat to Kelty Hearts, player-manager Michael Paton revealed just how distraught McKee was to have been sent off for ‘foul and abusive language of a homophobic nature’.
As quoted by GlasgowLive, Paton said:”I think Chris has said something to the referee he isn’t too happy with.
“I haven’t got the chance to speak to him as he is in a state, crying in the dressing room. He can’t even get his words out.”
It remains to be seen if McKee will face punishment but hopefully, Rangers’ investigation can establish what happened at the weekend.
But McLeish is right, education is the key here and it’s clearly not just an issue within football. It’s something the entirety of society could do better at.
In other Rangers news, this 23-year-old has absolutely no future at Ibrox.