Petulant striker Gribben gives manager Crease a major headache

07/10/10   'HAMPDEN - GLASGOW'Berwick Rangers ace Darren Gribben is presented with the Irn-Bru Phenominal 'Ginger Boot' award
07/10/10 'HAMPDEN - GLASGOW'Berwick Rangers ace Darren Gribben is presented with the Irn-Bru Phenominal 'Ginger Boot' award

BERWICK’S leading scorer Darren Gribben can expect to be ‘severely punished’ by the club after a public bust-up with manager Jimmy Crease at the weekend.

Gribben (pictured right) was asked to play the lone-striker role against Queens Park on Rangers’ visit to Hampden on Saturday.

Crease, from the technical area, was seen to bark out orders to the front man, but remarkably, the player made it clear he wasn’t in agreement.

With just over half an hour gone Crease had clearly had enough and he called for his petulant star to be substituted by Craig O’Reilly.

But as Gribben left the pitch he took off his shirt and threw it to the ground in front Crease and his backroom staff.

There was then an angry exchange in the tunnel as Crease set off after Gribben.

A furious Crease said later: “Darren has not done himself any favours.

“He is in training full-time with Hamilton Accies just now, which is a real chance for him.

“But I will need to decide what happens next as he has maybe burned his bridges once too many.

“He will certainly find out that he will not decry myself or Berwick Rangers by throwing a jersey down on the ground and verbally abusing me.

“Darren refused to follow instructions. He was asked to do a certain job and he was not doing that job.

“As usual, everyone on the park was at fault apart from Darren.”

“I did follow him down the tunnel and had strong words with him. In throwing down his jersey he was showing disrespect to me, his team-mates, the fans and above all the club.

“He will be severley punished.”

Saturday’s defeat meant Rangers have now only recorded one win in their last nine league outings and as a result they have started to slip down the table.

“There is still everything to play for,” admitted Crease, “but I think we now need to freshen it up a bit.”

Crease was originally told that some money from the recent Celtic cup tie would be made available to him to strengthen his squad.

“I have one or two irons in the fire and hopefully a couple of new faces may be in place before we travel to face East Stirling on Saturday.