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Nacho Novo was sick of the Ibrox bench

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Super-sub Nacho Novo has revealed that Walter Smith’s team selections left him in tears.

The Spanish ace turned his back on a new deal to extend his six year love affair with Rangers in order to join Sporting Gijon and test himself in La Liga, a move that was heavily backed on many an online sportsbook.

Despite constantly declaring his love for all things red, white and blue during his six seasons at Ibrox the thought of another season or two warming the bench held no appeal for the striker.

Explaining why he said no thanks to extending his Rangers deal Novo told The Sun: “After we were presented with the SPL trophy at Ibrox I started crying on the pitch. What people don’t know is I was actually crying BEFORE the game when I found out I was sub again.

“I had a feeling it would be my last game at Ibrox and really hoped the gaffer would play me from the start. I just couldn’t take being left out any more that’s why I have to move on.”

During his six seasons at Rangers Novo started 97 SPL matches and appeared as a sub in a further 82 games.

Super-sub Novo added: “I felt angry when I was always a substitute and I felt sick about being left out of big games. I just couldn’t face another season as a sub at my age – and I hated being called a super-sub.

“I feel I’m better than that after six incredible years at Rangers. I’m heartbroken at leaving and I’ve been feeling very emotional over the last few weeks.”

The Sunday Mail reported that Novo had been offered a basic wage of £10,000/week to stay on at Rangers but wanted a two year contract rather than the one year deal that was offered.

Elsewhere at Ibrox the guessing game over whether Andrew Ellis is going to bid for Sir David Murray’s shares continues.

After being criticised by chairman Alastair Johnston over the long running take-over saga Ellis has suddenly become much more media friendly and is apparently easy to contact, one newspaper claimed that he had been surprised by the number of journalists wishing to contact him!

Various deadlines are being banded about for a bid to be made with other sources ruling out putting a deadline to any deal as the football rumour continues.

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1 comment

  • Joe says:

    97 games in six seasons eh? Yet this little reject calls himself a die-hard fan. He was never important to Rangers, and as for him being known as “super-sub”, where does he get that? Super anything in fact!! Novo was a sub, not a super sub, just a sub. That is the level of his skill. He was a sub in what has been the very worst Rangers team since the war. The closest to being super, is he must be a super dreamer!

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