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.

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