WHY I'M RAGING AT RAB; BOMBS AWAY BROWN'S EXPLOSIVE ACCOUNT OF RAMMY Keeper Secretly Taped Our Bust-Up and Told Lies about His Departure, He Can't Be Trusted I've Never Heard a Player Call His Manager What He Called Me ... I'd Tell Other Clubs to Be Wary

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WHY I'M RAGING AT RAB; BOMBS AWAY BROWN'S EXPLOSIVE ACCOUNT OF RAMMY Keeper Secretly Taped Our Bust-Up and Told Lies about His Departure, He Can't Be Trusted I've Never Heard a Player Call His Manager What He Called Me ... I'd Tell Other Clubs to Be Wary


Byline: DAVID MCCARTHY d.mccarthy@dailyrecord.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE JOHN BROWN last night took the extraordinary step of warning managers off signing his former keeper Rab Douglas.

The ex-Dens Park No.1 secretly taped a bust-up between them after Dundee had signed a new keeper.

And the Dee boss is raging at comments made by Douglas, 41, whose career on Tayside effectively ended in March when Brown replaced him with former Everton and Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen.

The ex-Scotland keeper - who played more than 300 games in two spells for Dundee and was in goal for Celtic in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final - claimed in an interview he was only told he was being replaced five minutes before the club made Simonsen's signing public.

And the newspaper article yesterday referred to Brown telling him to 'pack your bags and f*** off'.

But a livid Brown, who almost pulled off an incredible relegation escape act after replacing Barry Smith, contacted Record Sport to put his side of the story.

Brown said: "I couldn't believe the rubbish I was reading yesterday.

"Rab Douglas had the chance to leave this club with a bit of dignity but couldn't keep his mouth shut so I'm going to tell people what really happened.

"He's told a pack of lies and had a dig at people in the backroom staff and myself over the treatment he was given.

CHAT "He was injured going into a derby game against Dundee United and couldn't kick a ball. I had a decision to make and we did well to get a quality goalkeeper, Steve Simonsen, in at short notice.

"When it happened, I gave Rab his place by phoning him to tell him that Steve was coming in. I asked him to come into the office for a chat about the situation. "When he got into the office, the player was raging. He called me a 'sh*****' and a c***'.

"I've been in the game a long, long time but I've never heard a player talk to a manager in that manner.

"I did the only thing I could do after being spoken to in that manner - I told him to collect his gear and f*** off out the building.

"He then went out into the corridor and kept shouting abuse at me in front of youth players and some members of the first-team squad. It was an attempt to undermine my position there but it didn't work.

"I could have sacked him there and then for the way he spoke to me but I took into account the years of service he had given the club and placed him on gardening leave.

"I didn't want him about the place but by not sacking him I gave him the chance to keep picking up his wages until the end of his contract in May. …

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