Sunday, June 24, 2012

More players reject new Rangers contract transfers

After Rhys McCabe and Sone Aluko rejected their contract transfer to the new club of Rangers, today Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker rejected also the transfer, and they are claiming that now they are free agents. Rangers claim that the transfer of contracts have already take place and so any player that refused such transfer, he can face legal action from the new club. But the lawyers representing Naismith and Whittaker wrote a legal letter to Rangers stating that they will not train with the new club anymore, and can search for new clubs. Their legal representatives are saying that they are acting according to Regulation 4(7) and 4(9) of TUPE regulations. And so the 2 players, according to their lawyers, can play and sign with any club they want.

Naismith have been with rangers from 2007 when he joined them from Kilmarnock and scored 28 goals. Naismith said that the decision was not easy, as he talked with his family first before discussing the legal things with the lawyers. Naismith said that they entered the contracts in good faith, even though the club didn't, and the players had been paid only 75% of their pay because of liquidation. But as players they accepted this position to let the other staff and creditors to get their share also. He thanked the 2 previous Rangers managers for the faith they showed in him. He also thanked the fans for their support. He said  that he shares their anger at the way Rangers operated in recent times. He also wished the new club the very best, and hopes that Mr. Green will be the man who brings new success to Rangers.

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