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Rangers' Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor have been told they will never play for Scotland again.

 

The Scottish FA made the announcement because of a weekend drinking session after defeat by Netherlands and V-signs made on the bench against Iceland.

 

Rangers had earlier on Friday stripped Ferguson of the team captaincy and suspended the midfielder and goalkeeper McGregor for two weeks without pay.

 

Veteran defender David Weir has been named the new Rangers captain.

 

Ferguson and McGregor have apologised for their actions, but their futures at Rangers could also now be in doubt.

 

The pair had initially been dropped to the bench by Scotland manager George Burley following the early-hours drinking session at the team hotel following the 3-0 World Cup qualifying reverse in Amsterdam.

 

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith on Thursday backed his manager's action and suggested that the matter was now closed.

 

But the governing body's president, George Peat, demanded a further investigation in light of the gestures made by the two players while they were substitutes for Wednesday's 2-1 win over Iceland.

 

And, following a hectic Friday of meetings, phone calls and an apparent flood of complaints from Scotland supporters, further action has been taken by the SFA and Rangers.

 

"In light of the events of the past 48 hours, and following further discussions between the national team manager and the chief executive, it has been decided that Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor will no longer be considered for international selection by Scotland," said an SFA spokesman.

 

"This action has been taken in the best interest of the squad, the fans and the country. We are determined to qualify for the World Cup and we must ensure that nothing is allowed to distract us from achieving this goal."

 

McGregor and Ferguson had earlier on Friday been sent home from Rangers training and later had a meeting with Ibrox chief executive Martin Bain.

 

Ferguson, who was Scotland captain and has been capped 45 times, told Rangers' website: "I deeply regret what happened last weekend and the events during the last week and apologise wholeheartedly for the embarrassment caused to Scotland, Rangers, both sets of supporters and my friends and family.

 

"I have always considered playing for Rangers and Scotland an honour and a privilege and nothing will change that and I am bitterly disappointed by the announcement that I will not be selected for Scotland again."

 

McGregor, who had made his fourth international appearance in Amsterdam after deposing Sunderland's Craig Gordon, was also contrite.

 

"We all make mistakes in life and I am very disappointed to have let Rangers, Scotland, my family and all the fans down," he said.

 

"I am also desperately disappointed that I will not be selected again for Scotland at this stage in my career."

 

Rangers chief executive Bain said that the two players had brought the club into disrepute.

 

"The management of the club has taken the view that this has damaged both Rangers and Scotland and is unacceptable," he said.

 

Rangers lose two of their top players at a time when they are chasing Celtic in the race for the Scottish title, but manager Walter Smith said that action was needed, although the drinking session was not his main concern.

 

"We were unhappy about that situation, but that was something for George to act on," said Smith.

 

"The more disappointing aspect for us was the subsequent action on the bench on Wednesday night.

 

"From the club's point of view, that was not a good image to project."

 

Pair of idiots.

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Guest Stevie

Irrelevant, they play for an irrelevant country and a small club, barely newsworthy.

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Fair play to Walter Smith, risking his own teams success to publically punish the two of them, when what they did wasn't done whilst with Rangers themselves.

 

As for the two involved, just further proof that a large number of footballers are complete tools!

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What did they actually do I missed it?

 

And whatever it was fair play to Rangers for taking action against two of their key players and putting the good of football in general and the overall good of their club ahead of their imediate goal of catching Celtic.

I wish more clubs could act like this.

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What did they actually do I missed it?

 

Went drinking on Saturday night and when they were dropped to the bench on Wednesday they did this:

 

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The thing I don't understand - with this and many other headlines about footballers - is that if I was a professional (at any sport) I would not drink alcohol. The effect it has on your body is ridiculous - but time and time again you hear about players going out and getting hammered (generally just when they do stupid/illegal/possibly illegal things).

 

I'd probably drink if my team won a cup or a title - probably in the off season a bit - but during the season it just seems so bizarre, like they lack the dedication to really be as good as they can be.

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Pair of fannies.

 

My dislike of Ferguson has been aired on this board before but this is the final straw. With any luck they've played their last game for Rangers.

 

Newcastle dodged a bullet not signing this selfish, spoilt, chav bastard.

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Pair of pricks. I could live with the drinking part to a certain extent, but they deserved to be punished. To sit on the bench and act like schoolboys though was pathetic. Ferguson is overrated and Craig Gordon is a better keeper than McGregor, but that doesn't mean neither is useful to have around. After their display on Wednesday though it's good fucking riddance.

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