Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Houllier Admits Scots Keeper Scouting

Houllier Admits Scots Keeper Scouting

Villa boss Gerard Houllier has admitted that he did send staff to watch over Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor during his fine performance against Manchester United mid-week.

The press picked up on a little bit of info that did appear in the BBC Online live text feed, that Gary McAllister was at Ibrox to watch the latest "Battle of Britain" but when quizzed, would not disclose just what the purpose of the visit was. Since then the Birmingham Mail have reported that goalkeeping coach Rafa Gonzalez had also travelled, and so the rumour mill cranked into action.

Since then, le-Boss has now been asked the question, and responded in his typically relaxed style, admitting interest in the 28-year-old but reserving praise for Brad Friedel, whom Blackburn aside, has had yet another fantastic season so far.

"Yes we went to see him (McGregor) play," said Mr H.

"I'm very happy with Brad but I'm conscious he is 39 and I'd be silly not to look to the long term.

"Obviously, he didn't have a good game versus Blackburn but, since the start of the season, he's been spot on.


He then added, finally citing recognition that Brad Guzan does exist on this planet:

"He's (Friedel) got experience and I trust him. I think he's a good goalkeeper, been a good buy. Long term, we need to prepare for the future. I need to see the reserve goalkeeper (Brad Guzan) as well."

Meanwhile Rangers boss Walter Smith has suggested that there has been no official contact from Villa for the controversial keeper, whose name has been dragged through mud occaisionally thanks to international-squad drinking exploits, and a somewhat obvious gesture to TV cameras whilst benched for his drinking fun in 2009.

'Gary McAllister came to the game and now it's 'Aston Villa are interested in Allan McGregor',' said Smith.

"It's a nice link. But we've not heard anything from any club.

'It's still a bit early in the year to be speculating about transfers in January.'

With Houllier admitting interest, it`s certainly the most plausible rumour amongst some quite frankly dreadful ones! What do you make of it?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Murph
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
Time: 10:21AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I'm pleased that we are seriously looking at the goalkeeping situation. Brad Snr has been doing the business this season, and I have no problem with him, but Guzan I'm not at all convinced about. Haven't a clue of the ability or capabilities of this McGregor chappie, being totally ignorant of Scottish football, but if Houllier and co think that he's good enough to do a job for us, then that's o.k. with me. Any Nigel Sims, Colin Withers, Jimmy Rimmer, or Nigel Spink clones out there?
glensider
28/11/2010 18:55:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Technical Director To Spell End For Paddy Riley?

A new technical director, an ex Paddy Riley?

Good God - Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew on the pain of relegation and his future...

AV Partner Resorts World To Reward ST Holders

New official partner Resorts World Birmingham will be offering deals to season ticket holders of AVFC throughout the season...

Aston Villa On Social Media - A Roundup!

A roundup of the social media over the last day for Aston Villa on social media.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Do you want Jordan Ayew to stay?
Suggested By: JP Fear
Yes, definitely91%
No, not really2%
Up to him, not that worried7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Blog: Red Bull Ring Preview
Latest Vital Boxing News
Froch Not Sure About Groves!
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Green Tea1
Vital Football Comment