BROKEN PROMISES; Stubbs Says Celtic Won't Let Him Leave
Byline: PETER JARDINE
ALAN STUBBS last night accused Fergus McCann of breaking a verbal promise to let him return to England - as he pleaded with Celtic for compassionate leave.
Aston Villa want to sign the Park-head defender and are prepared to pay [pounds sterling]5million in a deal which would resolve for the player the domestic crisis of being separated from his wife, Mandy, and their two young children, who have returned to Merseyside.
But McCann has instead set a prohibitive [pounds sterling]6.5m price tag on Stubbs, even though the Englishman claims he was given a pledge at the start of the season that he would be allowed to leave.
With Stubbs under contract for more than two years, McCann is entitled to look for the going-rate for the 27-year-old who has grown in stature since a [pounds sterling]3.5m transfer from Bolton in 1996 but whether there is any point in retaining such an emotionally-troubled player is another matter entirely.
Stubbs was fit to play against Dundee United at Parkhead on Saturday but was left out.
This morning he will report for training after another flying visit to Liverpool to see his family, having accused McCann of using just words last July.
'The situation is still the same. I would rather go back to England for reasons which everyone knows: my family.
'I am commuting from Liverpool to Glasgow regularly and the situation is not great for me, ' Stubbs told Sportsmail. …