Newco Rangers Don't Want To Lose Players Without Some Return
Updated Monday, 25th June 2012
Rangers players are feeling increasingly uneasy about their situation and Charles Green is not making it any more comfortable with threats of legal action
He said in a statement: "It is a great pity that certain players have chosen this time to attempt to tear up their contracts and walk away from the club. The club is facing massive challenges in terms of its league status and the last thing the fans want to see is a dispute between the club and players. However, it appears that is the route several players are choosing. I can assure those players and clubs who may be interested in signing them that Rangers will seek damages for breach of contract and for inducement to break contracts. When the players agreed to take wage cuts earlier this year they renegotiated their contracts to allow them to leave for reduced values. That was a sensible quid pro quo and meant that the club would still get some transfer value for them should they leave. What is happening now is that the players want to leave for nothing, thereby denying the club any transfer value at all. At the same time, players who are ready to breach their contracts want to secure handsome signing on fees for other clubs, while Rangers get nothing."
Naismith is uncomfortable heading into a new season with a great deal of uncertainty over which division Rangers will play in next season. He said this was a key factor in his decision. Last night Hibs joined Hearts and Dundee United in making public their plans to vote against the newco's application for entry to the SPL when the 12 top-flight clubs vote on the issue on 4 July. Naismith said: "The reason for the decision I've made is, at this moment in my career, the uncertainty of what division the new company will be playing in. There's too much uncertainty there for me at this stage in my career to be waiting around to see where that is. I would hope to be playing at the highest level possible. I feel as though I would be getting held back if I was to move down divisions in Scotland to play." Whittaker said: "From a football point of view, it's best for me to continue my career elsewhere. It doesn't look like the club is going to be playing in the SPL and there is no European football. I'm 28, I want to play at the top level as much as I can and it doesn't look like I would have that opportunity here. Part of the reason is that I can't transfer over to a new company when I've never met the person involved with it. I've never met any of the investors, I don't know anything about them. There is just far too much uncertainty."