By Doug Ward

29th Sep, 2021 | 11:10am

Gavin Newlands deletes tweet as he faces backlash from 'bonkers' Rangers fans

SNP politician Gavin Newlands claims he’s deleted a tweet after he was accused of bigotry by some Rangers fans on Twitter.

After the Scotland squad was announced by the SFA on Tuesday, the Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP dubbed it “farcical” that St Johnstone’s Zander Clarke had failed to make the squad over fellow goalkeepers Liam Kelly and Jon McLaughlin.

Newlands has since deleted that tweet after it led to outrage from a selection of Gers fans who took it as a personal attack that the MP feels Clarke is a better goalkeeper than Rangers goalkeeper McLaughlin and ex-Ger Kelly.

“I’ve deleted the tweets as I couldn’t be bothered with the nonsense, said Newlands on Wednesday morning via his personal Twitter account.

“Happy to engage with folk who have different opinions on selection but to make accusations of bigotry because one of the players selected instead of Clark was a Rangers player is utterly bonkers.”

Some of our fans are embarrassing

Let’s face it, the reaction the Newlands’ original tweet is embarrassing.

It’s a politician giving his opinion on football. He’s allowed to like football, you know.

Maybe he was over the top in calling the decision “farcical” but there is a good case for Clarke to be in the Scotland squad.

If anything, Newlands might have been suggesting that a player needs to play for, or have previously played for, one of the Old Firm sides or one of the Edinburgh clubs or Aberdeen to get into the Scotland squad.

We see it happen all the time where players are picked for international duty because they play for a big club, rather than their actual club form.

Clarke’s a good goalkeeper, we really cannot argue that. But he’s yet to win a cap for his country.

Kelly is 25-years-old and has his best years ahead of him but with McLaughlin, he’s 34, he’s only ever played twice for Scotland in the past and although he plays well when he does play, he’s second choice at Ibrox.

Craig Gordon is 38, has played a lot of times for Scotland and in the Premier League and for Celtic, so he has that experience, which is fair enough.

We’d all rather Allan McGregor be in there, in truth. But Clarke’s case is a good one and people shouldn’t be bringing those kinds of accusations to the table about Newlands when he’s just sharing a simple opinion about football.

Calm down, keyboard warriors. It’s embarrassing.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard has hinted about his team selection for the game against Sparta Prague.