Paul Gascoigne, the former England and Rangers legend, who was due to be inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame on 21st October after having been nominated by public and then selected by a panel, has been controversially dropped from the list of players to receive the honour this year.
The last-minute decision comes in the wake of reports claiming some Scottish Football Association board members were set to boycott the ceremony to protest Gazza’s suitability for the award.
The 51-year-old joined Rangers in 1995 and was voted Player of the Year in his first year in Scotland. During his three year tenure with the Glasgow club, Gazza went on to play over 100 games and played a part in the Gers winning 9 league titles in a row.
But ever since retiring from football, Gascoigne has had a long and well publicized battle with alcohol and mental health, a battle he continues to fight bravely to this day.
The news of the Ibrox icon getting snubbed for the prestigious honour has prompted his former rival on the pitch and current close friend, Vinnie Jones to passionately defend him while voicing his outrage against the SFA.
The former Wimbledon player has termed Gazza’s snub as “absolutely disgraceful” during a 2 minute telephonic conversation with Talksport. And it’s no surprise that Rangers fans loved the rant in support of the icon who continues to hold a special place in their hearts.
Check out some of the reactions:
Fair play to someone like Vinnie who has seen what Gazza has gone through – Gazza didn't ask for this nomination, they wanted to give him it. Gazza didn't ask for this whole embarrassing episode to be dragged thorough he public eye, they did it. https://t.co/xPFZcGFAZj
— Grant Miller (@GrantMiller87) October 12, 2018
Fantastic to hear Vinnie Jones rip the sfa a new arsehole #Gazza
— Colin Mathie (@madnutter0102) October 12, 2018
Well done Vinnie Jones for speaking out and supporting mental health problems. Gazza was and still is a legend. He has always been hounded by the press trying to bring the guy down. He has an illness and needs support. The SFA are a corrupt organisation that investigated.
— Ally McMoist (@callummac70) October 12, 2018
— 💙 (@XCatmac) October 12, 2018
Vinnie Jones right on the money here , the SFA would have been lapping up all the attention from all over the world when we signed a world class Gazza. So Let’s withdraw his nomination due to mental health issues he had after he left us?? Fuckin joke https://t.co/9HPFtWpBJj
— Tony Syed (@tonysyed) October 12, 2018
Clearly a victim of the ongoing anti-Rangers agenda by the SFA. It is for contribution to Scottish football nothing more and, as Vinnie said, the damage this could've done to Gazza is huge. Pathetic little men in their little kingdom.
— Derek Sutherland (@delsuth) October 12, 2018