Football: Wolves' Parting Blast at Muscat

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Byline: Ged Scott

Wolverhampton Wanderers last night publicly washed their hands of Kevin Muscat - but not without a parting shot in the direction of the controversial Rangers-bound right-back.

Strangely though, it was not Muscat's infamous disciplinary record that had them spluttering at Molineux, but the manner of his impending summer move to Glasgow, amid claims from Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey that the precontract agreement he had signed at Ibrox has contravened FIFA rules.

Muscat has not kicked a ball for Wolves since starting the three-game ban he received after his elbowing of Grimsby Town's Michael Boulding helped scupper his side's promotion bid with a red card on March 16, triggering the home defeat that kick-started the club's late season slide.

By then, it had already become clear that Muscat had signed his pre-contract agreement at Ibrox. And, first through suspension, and then with an Achilles heel injury, Muscat missed his side's last seven games of the season.

Despite having Muscat's signature locked away in a drawer at Ibrox, Rangers cannot formally complete the move for the Australian international until his Molineux contract runs out on June 30.

Wolves will nevertheless be well rid of a player who, for all his undoubted ability, has too often proved the club's Achilles heel.

Signed by to Mark McGhee in October 1997 from Crystal Palace, Muscat has proved problematic for all the managers he has served under at Molineux. …