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Monday, 9 April, 2001, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Advocaat blast for Aussie boss
Craig Moore has missed most of the season for Rangers
Moore has missed most of the season for Rangers
Rangers manager Dick Advocaat has launched a blistering attack on Australian national coach Frank Farina over his decision to take Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar to the other side of the globe for World Cup mismatches.

The Ibrox duo have just returned from injury, but were both ordered to travel for four qualifying matches against Pacific Island opposition.

The Dutchman was angry that some English clubs were allowed to hang onto their Aussie internationals and he was even more incensed when it transpired that the Socceroos hammered Tonga by a world record score of 22-0.

Moore and Vidmar will now play American Samoa - who are rated a poorer side than Tonga - then Fiji and Samoa, but even though Rangers have only a Champions League spot to play for he has demanded answers from Farina.


It is the final part of the season and every club needs all of their players, not just some clubs
  Dick Advocaat
Advocaat said: "It says enough about the stupidity of the situation when a team is winning 22-0 and the annoying thing is that the Australian manager clearly does not need all of his overseas players to win a game like that.

"The worst aspect is that he is applying one rule to certain clubs and a different rule to other clubs.

"Why is it that Rangers and Coventry City have to supply their players to the Australian national team and yet Middlesbrough and Manchester City do not? I would like Mr Farina to answer that.

"You can't do that as a manager. You can't make decisions like that because it's not right.

"It is the final part of the season and every club needs all of their players, not just some clubs."

Tony Vidmar is away with Australia
Tony Vidmar is away with Australia
Advocaat knows the pressure a national coach is under after taking Holland to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1994.

But he believes that national bosses now have too much power and would love to see the trend reversed.

Advocaat told rangers.co.uk: "The American coach Bruce Arena is doing a good job. He always tries to play his matches at the same time as the European qualifying matches.

"It's not always possible, but at least he is trying. He knows the situation.

"The strange thing is that Farina played in Europe so he knows what happens here, but these problems will always exist when the rules favour the national teams.

"I don't think it is right that everything is to the advantage of the club and no the country, but that's the way it is and we will have to get on with it."

Moore and Vidmar will miss Wednesday's game at Kilmarnock and the match at Dundee on 21 April, but they will be back in time for the Old Firm game on 29 April.

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