Mark Burchill apologises to Rangers star and Tottenham loanee Nathan Oduwa

This seems to bring to an end what has been a sorry episode from the Livingston boss.

Livingston boss Mark Burchill has apologised to Rangers' Tottenham Hotspur loanee Nathan Oduwa over comments he made regarding some rather tasty tackles on the player this week.

The former Celtic and Portsmouth striker had suggested that a horror tackle from Kieran Gibbons on Oduwa in the Petrofac quarter-final clash did not deserve the criticism it had received. He went on to state, as reported by the Daily Record:

“Nathan Oduwa is an English footballer who has not signed for a Scottish club, so we’re dragging someone over the coals who is one of our own and could possibly play for Scotland in the future.

“If I’m honest, most of this is coming from the frustration of Rangers fans who expected to turn up and beat Livingston four, five or six nil .”

Those were comments that had Rangers fans incensed. Burchill has now come out to clarify the comments, but is still seemingly irked by the fact Oduwa is only on loan at Rangers - bringing attention again to Rangers' controversial loan ideals.

He is quoted by the Daily Record as stating:

“I would like to apologise to Nathan, Rangers and anyone else offended by my use of such clumsy words.

“The point I was trying to make was that Kieran is likely to play his entire career in Scotland. Nathan, on the other hand, is signed for an English club and will probably return to Spurs at the end of the season.

“Of course, nationality has nothing to do with it. I wish Nathan all the best for the rest of the season and hope this draws a line under my unfortunate use of words.”

The challenge was bad and looked all the more worse for the fact it came in the 12th second of the tie, which Rangers eventually won 1-0 thanks to a Nicky Clark strike.

Oduwa has been a sensation at Rangers since joining the club on loan from Tottenham this summer and it is likely that Gibbons was hoping to make a mark on the teenager early doors. However it is not likely that his tackle was meant to cause any harm and it seems a strong hard challenge simply got mistimed.

Fortunately it seems that Oduwa has come out from the incident relatively unscathed as it could have been much worse for the Rangers star.

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