Frank McAvennie on Celtic, Graeme Souness & Stringfellows

by 24britishtvMay 15, 2024, 5 p.m. 22
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Graeme Souness wanted to sign Scotland room-mate Frank McAvennie for Rangers - but the lifelong Celtic supporter could not contemplate moving to Ibrox.

That is one of numerous revelations from the former striker during a candid and entertaining episode of the Sacked In The Morning podcast.

"I shared the room with Graeme at the 1986 World Cup when Kenny [Dalglish] didn't go," McAvennie recalled.

"I got on great with Graeme, I really did, and he once asked me to go to Rangers - that rumour was a good one. But I just couldn't go. I said, 'my dad goes to games with priests!'

"I thought he'd turn up at Ibrox. That he'd think he could get in."

McAvennie also reveals that Souness offered to pay for his lawyer after the infamous scuffle in the 1987 Old Firm derby with Chris Woods, Terry Butcher and Graham Roberts for which the players were charged with breach of the peace.

McAvennie could not accept Souness' offer but told Celtic that Rangers were going to provide his lawyer so the board at Celtic Park would upgrade the calibre of his defence.

The former forward also recalls that George Graham's failure to sign him for Arsenal led to him bringing in Ian Wright instead - and that Celtic wanted to re-sign Charlie Nicholas rather than himself before Billy McNeill stepped in.

And, while McAvennie was a big success at West Ham United, he would never have gone to the Hammers if Luton Town's chairman had not been so hands on.

"David Pleat was the manager and he was great," McAvennie recalls of the time he was about to leave his first club St Mirren.

"He phoned my mum and dad and everything, so the deal was all done.

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