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Last Updated: Friday, 2 November 2007, 16:53 GMT
Strachan critical of media 'spin'
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
Strachan is fed up with his words being distorted in the press
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has hit out at the media for manipulating his words and those of his players.

"What happens is that players politely answer questions from you people and it's amazing the spin that goes on that," Strachan told reporters.

"You people sometimes are like those serial killers you see in films who send out these horrible messages.

"The serial killer who cuts out the words 'I am going to get you' or 'your wife is next'. You are the very same."

Strachan was complaining about recent press reports suggesting he wished he had someone like Rangers defender David Weir in his side.

Out-of-favour players Derek Riordan and Bobo Balde expressed their dissatisfaction at their situation at Celtic Park this week, but Strachan insists he has stopped reading about his team.

"Nine or 10 years ago, I might have said, 'That wasn't good', but now I know what's happened between the time that the words have left the players' mouth and the time you people regurgitate and make them into a headline," Strachan added.

"I think you play on players' naivety at times.

"I never read about them (Riordan and Balde) because I am past that stage now.

"What I am talking about is the David Weir situation.

"Last week I was told of the headline that I wished I had David Weir.

"No way at any time did I say that I wished I had David Weir.

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"In the 20 minutes that I sat there I'm sure that 'David Weir' and 'wish' may have been said but at no time did it ever, ever come together.

"That's my opinion on it. Whether you like it or not it doesn't matter but that is what it's like here."



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