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Andy Little Tells Story of Lee McCulloch Offering Him a Square Go to Decide Who Got Goal

Andy Little Tells Story of Lee McCulloch Offering Him a Square Go to Decide Who Got Goal

Andy Little has told how Lee McCulloch once offered him a square go to decide who got a Rangers goal.

The former Ibrox striker now turns out for Stirling Albion in League Two and combines that with punditry work, including regular appearances on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard.

He was on the panel last night and, as well as talking about the latest news in Scottish football, he told his McCulloch story when asked about playing alongside team-mates with big egos.

And it’s a story all Rangers will no doubt enjoy hearing.

Little said: “He’s a no nonsense character. He says it how it is and isn’t scared to offend anybody.

“We had a bit of rivalry really down in the third division and we were both vying for top goalscorer that season.

“There was one game in particular, we were playing Falkirk at Ibrox. He came in with a great header and I was on the line with the keeper and flicked it in past Michael McGovern.

“Jig ran off one way and I ran off the other way. I ran off celebrating, but nobody ran along beside me. All the boys went with Jig so he got the goal.

“It came the end of the game, we won comfortably anyway, I’d scored one or two and if I’d scored at the end then it could have been a hat-trick.

“So I tweeted something that night saying great result, the usual rubbish, and how do I go about claiming that first goal.
Then the next day Jig cornered me on it and pulled me over to the side of the dressing room. I was sitting down, he’s a big lad and he basically goes, ‘have you got a problem?’. He was very straight-up and forward and, long story short, he offered me a square go to sort out who got the goal.

“In a way I admire him for that. It shows he’s a big character who takes no nonsense. I knew then not to go claiming goals. He got it, but I did get an apology in fairness once he had calmed down.”

Rangers could no doubt do with someone of McCulloch’s caliber at the club now as they struggle to cope in the race to finish second.

Graeme Murty is in charge of the first team after Mark Warburton’s surprise exit from the club two weeks ago and despite winning his first game in charge against Morton in the Scottish Cup, he couldn’t avoid defeat in his second as Dundee ran out 2-1 winners at Dens Park on Sunday.

As for McCulloch, he’s now bringing his no-nonsense approach to Kilmarnock as their caretaker manager after Lee Clark’s departure to Bury in the English League Two.

Killie narrowly lost to Aberdeen at the weekend, but performed well and McCulloch appears the favourite to take over the Rugby Park job on a permanent basis.


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