Rangers chief executive Charles Green has reiterated his determination to pursue former players – including Norwich City’s Steven Whittaker – who he believes were in breach of contract when they refused to transfer to his newco in the summer.

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The Glasgow club, now playing in the fourth flight of Scottish football, are seeking compensation after Whittaker, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Naismith and Sone Aluko quit Ibrox for moves to Norwich City, Besiktas, Sion, Stoke City, Everton and Hull City respectively.

A meeting took place on Monday at Hampden to discuss jurisdiction on the case and Green says he was encouraged by the talks.

He told RangersTV: “From our side it went as well as we could have expected. From the other side I’m sure they will be disappointed.

“Clearly they wanted the commission to throw it out and rule that the SFA had no jurisdiction because the whole process of the first meeting was about jurisdiction.

“It is still my position that these players breached their contracts and we are going to pursue them.

“Both parties were asked to go away and discuss various issues. We have been given until January 21 by the chair of the commission to come back to him. In the absence that the parties can’t agree or cannot come up with a view, he will make a judgement. Hopefully, through the lawyers, we can come up with an agreement on these issues and, at that point, the commission can start taking the thing forward.

“We are quite a way off from the position we want to achieve in terms of gaining compensation. We are not going to let this drop as I have said since June.”

Rangers settled with Southampton, Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday over Steve Davis, John Fleck and Rhys McCabe respectively.

The lawyer representing the majority of the players last responded to Green’s comments about Monday’s meeting.

In a statement to the Press Association, Margaret Gribbon of Bridge Litigation, said: “It remains our firm legal view that the breach of contract claims against the players are without legal merit.

“The proceedings before the SFA are, and should remain, confidential, otherwise the integrity of the arbitration panel and the entire process risks being undermined.”

Since signing a four-year contract with the Canaries on June 30 Whittaker has played just 10 times for the club, with an ankle injury picked up in a pre-season friendly at Celtic hampering his progess. He signed for City on a free transfer, having joined Rangers from Hibernian for a reported £2m in 2007.

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13 comments

  • Does this mean that newco Rangers are going to pay their tax bill, or their debts to other businesses? Two words - no sympathy!

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • DrOhNo, they came south this weekend, they played Berwick so they have got their wish to play in England.

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    goldeneadie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The niggling thought is why Southampton, Coventry & Sheffield Wednesday elected to "settle" with "Rangers"? What was the difference, or were they bullied\conned into agreeing to something? We certainly don`t need "Rangers" in English football. Anyway, if the Big Clubs of Scotland (aka Old Firm) played in England, they`d lose their Free Pass into Europe. Of course, "Rangers" already have. They could try Norway, if they can affjord the joining fee.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Why don't FA just ask fervid for advice and do what he wants? Isn't that how the FA work? This case has absolutely nothing to do with him so should be perfect resolution!

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    AJB

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Ta, Swiss. Do you mean those 3 players were approached before the Newco was set up? Anyway, as long as it doesn`t apply to us!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • It's one thing for Rangers to want to play in say an English league, it's quite another for them to be allowed in. I can't see how that would benefit english football in the slightest, or on what grounds any english clubs would want Rangers in the championship or prem - presumably they would have to vote to admit them? And I can't see any clubs in those leagues wanting to let another "big" club in, because it reduces the chances of them staying in the league getting promoted whatever is applicable. Would undoubtedly add an expensive long away trip too , and the reciprocal? Hardly going to change gates the way most clubs discourage away supporters now. Or maybe Rangers love lower tier footy so much they want to start at a lower level still, say the Rymans league ?

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • They can chase all they like but did they not cancel the original contracts for all their players making all the players free agents? You can't have it both ways Mr Green!

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    baguio

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • The laws are made to stop NewCo Rangers doing exactly what Charles Green is trying to do. No amount of fiesty rhetoreic or bullying should be allowed to take away employees contractual rights. I cannot see how they can prevail in this dispute.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • You have to admire Mr Green for his brass neck. Some of his pronouncements have been wonderful including the recent threat that Rangers would remove themselves from Scottish football if the leagues restructured. If he actually did this I wonder who would have them? I remember what Rangers fans did to Manchester not that long ago. I for one certainly wouldn't like to see them south of the border (unless it was Mexico!).

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Brewer, I think that it was because Whittaker and the other disputed players left immediately claiming constructive dismissal whereas the others were appraoched first.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • But some clubs believe they're above the law.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • I hope NCFC and the PFA give Whittaker support.He has an element of class about him,demonstrated by his goal at Swansea.Could do with him fit for the rest of the season.OTBC

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • We REALLY don't want the Old Firm anywhere near us. A plague on both their houses (just to show I'm not particularly biased against Rangers!).

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

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