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Rangers sack striker Francisco Sandaza after hoax phone call probe

RANGERS have sacked striker Francisco Sandaza following an investigation into a hoax phone call.

The club initially suspended the Spaniard as they investigated comments he made in a conversation with someone masquerading as an agent, which was subsequently broadcast online.

A statement tonight read: "Rangers announced today that the club has decided to terminate its contract with Francisco Sandaza. The player has been advised of the situation."

Sandaza revealed details of his salary and thoughts on his future during the conversation with someone pretending to sound him out over a potential move to Major League Soccer.

The statement continued: "Francisco spoke at length to someone posing as an agent and engaged in a conversation which the club believes to be a material breach of his contract of employment.

"The player was suspended but after careful consideration and a hearing with Francisco and his representatives, the club, and our advisors, believe that dismissal is the appropriate course of action.

"The termination is subject to the right of appeal under SFL rules and there will be no further comment from Rangers on this issue."

The former Dundee United and Brighton striker signed a three-year contract at Ibrox in August after a successful season with St Johnstone.

But the 28-year-old endured a difficult time at Ibrox, scoring two goals in 17 appearances for the newly-crowned Irn-Bru Third Division champions.

The Spaniard also missed three months of the campaign after suffering a fractured cheekbone in a Scottish Communities League Cup tie against Motherwell in September.

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