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Byline: SCOTT McDERMOTT TAKES YOUR CALLS

CHARLES GREEN could be accused of many things but one thing you can't throw at the controversial Rangers chief is that he lacks an opinion.

And thank God for that as the Hotline would be a much quieter place and some of us might be out of a job.

The colourful Yorkshireman has now questioned Dundee United's ethics in selling away tickets for Rangers' Scottish Cup tie at Tannadice - despite the Ibrox club's public boycott of the match.

Green reckons it could breach health and safety regulations but some callers think if the Ibrox chief had brains he'd be dangerous.

First up, Joe McCann, Mauchline, said: "Green is talking rubbish when he says he doesn't want United to sell tickets because of tension between the clubs.

"He's only been here five minutes so what does he know about the rivalry? "Green is worried it might blacken Gers' name - I think that has already happened in the last year."

David Kenneth, Paisley, said: "Green should be called Pinnochio with what he's spouting.

"First he said Rangers wouldn't take tickets because of tension between the clubs, now it's because of health and safety. It's nonsense, they have been stirring up trouble with United for ages."

Eugene White, Glasgow, said: "Green says the reason he doesn't want United to sell tickets to Rangers fans is because he's worried they'll end up in the hands of troublemakers. Is there any difference between the two?" But not everyone disagrees with Green's stance. David Runham, Southampton, emailed: "This is nothing else but another attempt to cause trouble for Rangers. Anybody could buy these tickets, claim they are fans of the Ibrox club and cause trouble.

"The SFA, Stewart Regan and the police should insist that this idea is scrapped immediately. Virtually all genuine Rangers fans want nothing to do with the match."

The Ibrox owner has rubber-stamped a PS10 million budget for Ally McCoist to boost his squad in the summer but J Wilson, Glasgow, emailed: "Interesting to see that McCoist used the word "if" and not "when" while talking about Green's promised transfer kitty. Are there still some doubts from the manager?" And Agnes Campbell, London, said: "We're from a Rangers family down here and the last year has been tough for us.

"We thought things would change under Green but someone has to rein him in. He keeps talking about the millions we have and saying we're debt free.

"We're not because we still owe hundreds of creditors. Only when he's paid them back will he gain our respect."

Another man who has been known to spark controversy is Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon. He claimed over the weekend that Rangers aren't the force they once were.

Marty B, Whitburn, emailed: "Lennon is stating the obvious by saying Rangers are weaker, I wonder why.

"He must be easily pleased because if he thinks this is his team at their peak, wait till Gers are back in the SPL with their talented teenagers fully fledged.

"They will steamroller Celtic's leaky defence on the park - and be debt free off it."

Walter Hamilton, Paisley, said: "Neil Lennon is in the last 16 of the Champions League and running away with the SPL title but all he wants to do is make stupid comments about Rangers.

"Why can't he just enjoy the position he and his team are instead of gloating about Rangers' position? Jock Stein, Davie Hay or Martin O'Neill wouldn't have done it."

And as forgotten man Anthony Stokes fights for his future at the club, Hoops fan John Kerr, Coatbridge, said: "I hope Stokes realises he only has one shot at this and he could go on to become a great Celtic player. If he keeps his head down and works hard, he can still make it at Parkhead."

Finally, after Hearts were hit with a transfer ban for failing to pay their players bonuses on time, Ian Wylie, Paisley, said: "Hearts and Dunfermline now can't afford to pay their wages and their financial positions are ridiculous.

"It's about time clubs were deducted five points for every month staff aren't paid their salaries on time - it's the only way to stop it."

And a Merry Christmas to you too.

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