Bosnich slams Mariners over Ryan absence

By Guy Hand,

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    Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has slammed Central Coast Mariners for allowing Mat Ryan to miss a vital A-League match next weekend to train with fallen Scottish superpower Rangers.

    Goalkeeper Ryan is bizarrely being allowed to spend 10 days with the Glasgow club and miss the Mariners’ clash with third-placed Melbourne Victory in Launceston.

    Rangers now play in the fourth tier of Scottish football – considered well below A-League standard – after financial troubles led to their demotion.

    They are also currently under a transfer ban, so should Rangers eventually decide to sign him, they could not do so until some time next European season.

    The Mariners say Ryan’s move was brokered by the club’s general manager of football Lawrie McKinna after a meeting with Rangers manager Ally McCoist last month.

    But Bosnich says any possible move to Scotland would be wrong for the 20-year-old, already a Socceroos squad regular and potentially the nation’s No.1 goalkeeper when Mark Schwarzer retires.

    “Absolutely ridiculous,” former English Premier League keeper Bosnich told Fox Sports of Ryan’s move.

    “He’s going for a 10-day trial for the right to play against the likes of Elgin City, Montrose, Clyde and Stirling, and he’s going to miss a top of the table clash with Melbourne Victory.

    “This is one of Australia’s best young talents and he’s going to go down to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

    “The Scottish Premier League isn’t as good as the A-League.

    “I don’t know what he’s thinking, I don’t know what the club’s thinking.”

    The Mariners trumpeted Ryan’s link with Rangers on Sunday ahead of their 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers which gives them a four-point lead atop the A-League.

    “It is a credit to Mat and to our club that Ally (McCoist) was well aware of Mats ability and potential and immediately offered for him to join Rangers for a training spell,” McKinna, the former Mariners coach and present mayor of Gosford, said in a statement.

    Ryan is off contract with the Mariners at the end of the A-League season.

    Bosnich said Ryan should immediately seek independent advice from the players’ union, the PFA, about whether he was making the right move.

    The former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea keeper believes Ryan is capable of playing in a top European league, well above what Rangers could currently offer.

    Ryan is scheduled to depart for Glasgow on Monday.

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    • January 7th 2013 @ 5:27pm
      Adrian said | January 7th 2013 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

      Mark Bosnich is 100% right here, Scottish Premier League isn’t as good as the A-League. and to see a guy leave for ten day trial with a club, that will take 2,5 half year to just get back into SPL ithis is just crazy

      I ‘m Australian who has live in Europe the last 10 years, and i see that most European leagues, are most are not that good..their is at most 6 lto 7 leagues in Europe that’s better then A-League, then it all about what club you play for in that other European leagues …

      P.s before people have a go at me about talking low of SPL , As of November 2012 the Scottish Premier League is ranked 26th in the UEFA rankings of European leagues, Below Cyprus league, Poland , and Belarus ..and the TV deal that A-league just did, is a bigger TV tdeal that what SPL get, and in fact most Euro league get

      Time for most Australians to see what a good league you have

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