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Byline: GAVIN BERRY

DAVE KING has been accused of swallowing a dictionary while feeding Rangers fans claptrap with his latest season-ticket sales pitch. The South Africa-based supremo's claim that the Light Blues are "within tangible reach" of becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again as he announced a five per cent hike in prices has raised plenty of eyebrows with his side trailing Celtic by 11 points in the Premiership as they head for another trophyless season.

It's the latest in a long line of comments from King to cause a stir following claims that Celtic's titles when Gers weren't in the top flight shouldn't count towards their 10-in-a-row quest and that the Hoops will fold like a pack of cards if denied Champions League cash.

And Hotline callers insist Gers fans are gullible if they take King at his word.

James Robertson, Dennistoun, said: "Nobody seems to understand these rather large words Dave King keeps coming out with like concomitant and inculcated. I'd say this guy is intoxicated by his own verbosity."

Jim McClean, Rothesay, said: "It must be coming up to season-ticket time again when Dave King has come out of his hideaway in South Africa to bump his gums and con the Rangers support again.

"They are still a long way behind becoming the dominant force in Scotland."

Pat Thompson, Parkhead, said: "I nearly won the Grand National - if the first four horses had fallen! What is King trying to do to the Rangers fans' heads?" Jimmy Millar, Knightswood, said: "I paid PS492 to renew my Rangers season ticket but I can't believe the rubbish coming out of King's mouth. It's a sales pitch and we're a long way from being the dominant club we were years ago."

Neil MacDonald emailed: "You've got to applaud Dave King for making himself a laughing stock to sell season tickets to a delusional support.

"With tens of millions borrowed and spent and only a Petrofac Cup to show for it since forming in 2012 they are as close to dominating Scottish football as Edinburgh City."

Billy Burns, Motherwell, said: "King made a statement he probably shouldn't have made and he's being ridiculed. Maybe he used the wrong language because I'm not saying they will be the dominant force but the club will have success next season."

Celtic also released a statement to condemn the sectarian chants directed towards Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes during Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final but hit out at Dons fans singing about child abuse.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd was also vocal in his criticism of the SFA for not doing enough to stamp out songs of hate in our game.

Derek McDowall, Newton Mearns, said: "I'm glad Celtic made a statement about the Aberdeen fans singing about child abuse because we encounter that at every ground but that isn't to condone any sectarian singing from Celtic fans or any other team."

Steve McSherry, Uddingston, said: "I can't believe the cheek of the Rangers fans who have been complaining about sectarian bile from Celtic fans.

"Rangers fans have dominated this area for decades and still do. Neither club can claim the moral high ground on this issue."

Robert Frew emailed: "I didn't hear Boyd complain about sectarian singing during his time at Rangers when it was coming from the home fans at Ibrox."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 17, 2019
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