Cardiff boss Dave Jones has hit back at in-demand forward Ross McCormack's claim that he does not believe he will be in the Bluebirds' first-choice XI.
McCormack has been strongly linked with a summer move away from the Championship side with Portsmouth and Hull City reported to be leading the race.
The Scotland international only signed a new contract with Cardiff over the summer, although his representative Willie McKay claims that an agreement exists which will allow him to move on if an acceptable bid was made by a Premier League side.
McCormack stepped off the bench in the pre-season friendly against Valencia and failed to find the target from the penalty spot in a 2-0 defeat.
But it was his comments prior to the match that he expects to be behind Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra which irked Jones.
He told the Western Mail: "Ross has said he's not going to start and everything else. But all you are doing is handing the shirt to somebody else. That's crazy.
"Ross did himself no harm when he came on against Valencia. He did well and who knows what will happen. We'll see when the season starts."
McCormack was alongside Gavin Rae and Gabor Gyepes on the bench against Valencia, with Jones admitting his team selection ruffled a few feathers.
"People who did not start were a little upset and went on not in the right frame of mind," he added.
"They can read into selection as much as they want. I know 75 per cent in my mind what I'm going to play because in some positions I've got no options.
"But everybody is still in there with a chance. If they think they are not, then they are fools."