Stenhousemuir striker John Gemmell quits Twitter following Ally McCoist rant

John Gemmell shakes hands with Ally McCoist after the game on Sunday at Ochilview. Picture: Gary Hutchison
John Gemmell shakes hands with Ally McCoist after the game on Sunday at Ochilview. Picture: Gary Hutchison

Stenhousemuir player John Gemmell has wiped the Twitter account that has landed him in hot water with his bosses.

Saturday morning’s 560-character tirade slated comments made by Ally McCoist over Rangers’ festive fixtures schedule in SPFL League One.

John Gemmell, @thebeast09 closed Twitter account.

John Gemmell, @thebeast09 closed Twitter account.

The backlash to his comments from the Glasgow club’s fans prompted Gemmell to intially respond – and reveal himself as a fan and season ticket holder of the club – before ‘protecting’ his account, restricting viewers to his page.

However the striker, who called himself ‘The Don’ on the social media site, has since deleted his account, and all online evidence of the four tweets which have brought about an internal inquiry at Ochilview.

Team boss Martyn Corrigan was not surprised at his striker’s hasty Twitter retreat and revealed: “We have guidelines at this club - at the end of the day you’re a Stenhousemuir player and you must fall into line of the standards expected of the club.

“You have to be very careful with social media these days and there will be an internal inquiry into the matter this week.”

The club was gathering evidence to discuss with the player who will report for training again tonight (Thursday).

It’s also understood the Scottish Football Association’s compliance officer 
Vincent Lunny will take a look at the player’s messages later this week and, if he deems the quartet of tweets to 
contravene the SFA Rule 82, will write to the striker before issuing any notice of complaint.

The foul-fingered outburst from the Warriors’ top scorer slammed comments from Ally McCoist which the Rangers manager insists was a defence of his club’s supporters and their festive fixture list that set-up three consec utive away ties.

Gemmell responded: “McCoist is a *****, game against Stenny should be midweek? Why so we are ****ed after working all day whilst your boys can lie and get a massage for three days before checking that there(sic) £5k a week wages are in? Away and **** off #embarassing.

“Being part-time and playing four games in 11 days would make no difference to me and would actually look forward to it #getonwithit.

“Can’t wait to get a massage after training today and a nice healthy meal after too... Actually I’m working 2-6 probably with a Pot Noodle.”

When challenged to repeat his comments to the opposing manager at the match he added: “What’s he going to do, eat me?”

After Rangers won Sunday’s match 2-0, McCoist laughed: “I get called worse in the house! I’m a big boy and won’t throw my toys out the pram. It was ill-judged.

“He said ‘You know what I meant though,’ and I said ‘No really!’ but it’s over now.”