Mumbai: Football great Baichung Bhutia on Monday came out in support of the Sports Develpment Bill, which seeks to bring in accountability and transparency in the country`s sports associations.

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken is trying to get the Sports Bill introduced in the winter session of the Parliament.

"I support the Sports Bill. It is needed to bring accountability and transparency in the associations," the 34- year-old former India skipper said on the sidelines of a function.

"Besides, it has a provision under which 25 per cent of the posts (in associations) would be reserved for sports- persons, which would help them use their expertise," he said.

On the opportunity for Indian strikers – Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua - to appear in trials for Scottish club Rangers, Bhutia said if the club was serious about hiring them they should send their scouts to India to judge the duo`s abilities.

"If the Rangers are serious, their scouts should come here as the two would be playing international and club matches here. They would also get to see the best of Jeje and Chhetri in India than there. It is not easy to perform at a place (Scotland) where temperature in below zero."

Commenting on his farewell match against Bayern Munich in January, Bhutia said, "I am still not prepared. I`m recovering (from injury). But I`m looking forward to it."

(Agencies)