Rangers sacked Sandaza seven years ago today after a farce from Celtic fans – listen to a legendary sound – The Scottish Sun

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There have been many strange and wonderful stories of Scottish football over the years.

The ones you remember very well and the others less.

 Sandaza in action for the Rangers4
Sandaza in action for the Rangers

But it’s amazing how time flies.

Today, Friday April 3 marks SEVEN years since Spaniard Francisco Sandaza was sacked by the Rangers.

The former St Johnstone man was famous in the Ibrox club bag after falling for the phone of a Celtic fan.

The Hoops prankster called the attacker, who joined the Gers when they were demoted to the third division, and claimed to be a football agent.

The Scottish man tricked Sandaza into thinking he was an American agent in Los Angeles and well, the rest is history.

SunSport watched the legendary audio that ultimately cost the former Dundee United hitman.

The phone call begins with the Celts fan introducing himself to the attacker as Jack McGonigle, a “good friend” of the well-known sports agent Willie McKay.

He quickly states that he is interested in probing him for a move to MLS and continues to request private details about the Gers contract from Sandaza.

Asked about his feelings about MLS, Sandaza said, “I have heard good things about the league. “

McGonigle, as Sandaza believed, then asked about his salary and what it would take to bring him to America at the next transfer window.

 Our last page seven years ago when he was sacked4
Our last page seven years ago when he was sacked

The Spaniard replied, “I signed here (at Ibrox) for four years, so if I go in the summer, any club will have to pay something for me.

“It might be around £ 500,000.

“This year has not been my best – I have been injured most of the time.

“I broke my jaw and cheekbone and I was away for three months.

“But I signed a long contract here with a lot of money, so it would have to be a similar offer or more.

“This year I earn £ 4,500 a week, £ 5,500 next year, £ 6,500 next year and £ 10,000 the last year. “

 Spaniard celebrates a goal with Andy Little4
The Spaniard celebrates a goal with Andy Little

And that’s when the sneaky Hoops fan really got into high gear.

He said, “You know, contracts in the United States, we can offer you even better than this brother.

“We can offer you something better than what you get now.

“The lifestyle in America is spectacular. “

Just five minutes from the conversation, it didn’t take long to convince Sandaza to leave the Rangers.

The attacker replied, “If you get me, I will go.

“I don’t know how much the standard payment costs in the United States, but if I go, it would have to be a little more than what I earn here.

“Obviously, it would be far from home. “

 Forward in action for St Johnstone against Rangers' Kirk Broadfoot4
Forward in action for St Johnstone versus Rangers’ Kirk Broadfoot

He was then asked if he was happy with the Rangers.

He further disclosed, “Obviously I am not satisfied with the weather.

“The money is good, the club is amazing – it’s a very, very big club.

“The supporters are amazing but obviously if I get a better offer in a better league and more money then I will go. “

In all fairness to Sandaza, at this point he started to be a little wary of questions about the phone call.

The Hoops fan asked questions about his personal relationship with then-ranger Gaffer Ally McCoist.


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But the damage was already done.

Sandaza said, “I have to be careful. Some people will call me, save it and put it in the newspapers.

“I haven’t met you face to face so I don’t know you.

“I told you my situation. I will go there if I get a better offer than what I am earning right now.

“I had other offers, but not as good as the Rangers.

“I didn’t sign for the level – I signed for the money and the size of the club. “

Sandaza moved to Ibrox on a free transfer in 2012 from St Johnstone.

He has only made 14 appearances, scoring just three goals.

The hoax caller got tired of coaxing details about Charles Green outside of Spanish.

And the striker insisted that he was good to deal with and that he would listen to all offers.

The conversation was then closed and the farce of the well-known hitman was over.


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