Rangers striker Francisco Sandaza was duped into admitting he only joined the club for the money by a Glaswegian taxi driver posing as a US-based agent.
Cabbie Tommy, a Celtic supporter, somehow obtained the Spanish forward’s phone number, pretending he was Jim McGonagle, a fictional MLS agent looking to sign European players to American clubs.
Sandaza, who joined Rangers from St Johnstone in the summer, has struggled in Scotland’s Third Division, admitting to “Jim” that he has struggled with injury and would be keen on a move to America.
In a candid and at times embarrassing recorded conversation, Sandaza admits that the weather and standard of football are not good, lifts the lid on his £4,500 per-week wages, and says he would move to MLS without blinking if he was offered “a bit more money”.
“I only signed for the money,” he said. “I didn’t sign for the level.”
Sandaza values himself at £500,000, adding he would like to see any proposed contract before Rangers are informed:
“First if you have something official for a club that wants to pay money for me, show me the contract, and if everything is okay I will give you the okay to speak with Rangers.
“If I don’t see anything official first I don’t want any trouble with Rangers, maybe the press finds out.”
Rangers fans calling for his head should take note that the 28-year-old calls the club and the fans “amazing”, while he refuses to criticise manager Ally McCoist, saying he will not talk about personal matters with someone he has not met.
But it is an embarrassment for the player and the club, and given his stop-start season Sandaza could well be on his way sooner rather than later.
‘Tommy’, meanwhile, could be in a spot of bother – it is illegal to record telephone conversations for anything other than personal use.