IN FULL: Rangers newco statement on Scottish FA membership and transfer embargo


Murray said: said: “Board members, the Manager and senior executives from the Club have been meeting with the SFA this week with the sole purpose of ensuring the long term future of Rangers.

“For clarity, we have not signed any agreement yet and therefore believe the SFA’s statement to be premature.

“We have had days of discussions with the SFA and it is important for everyone, but most importantly our fans, to understand that the SFA said it would only transfer the membership to play football if we accepted some form of additional sanctions for the sins of previous regimes.

“The choice is stark – take sanctions or risk not playing football at all. We do not wish to gamble with the Club’s future so, under duress, we have taken the difficult decision to accept some sanctions in order to move forward.

“A delayed transfer ban would be a bitter pill to swallow and will only be agreed to if the alternative is no football.

“We would have a window in which to sign players enabling the manager to strengthen the squad which is critical for the Club to start the process of rebuilding.

“We also regret that any agreement with the SFA appears not to have the support of the SPL and, as such, it still wishes to impose further sanctions on the Club for the actions of previous regimes despite already voting us out of its league. This is truly astounding to everyone at the Club who is now in charge of rebuilding Rangers from Division 3, particularly as the SPL are still trying to benefit from our media rights.

“Whilst we are deeply frustrated that the Club and the new owners will have to accept some punishments for the sins of previous regimes, we are at the point where we have to move forward and get back playing football.

“We will all continue to work hard over the coming days in order to begin the season and play our first match next Sunday.

“Rangers fans around the world have been tremendous in their support for the Club over the last six months – through what has been an horrendous period in our history.

“Supporters have been badly bruised by recent events and they more than anyone deserve to see their team playing football again. To move forward we must all now rally behind the Manager and Club through this rebuilding process.

“We have a long road ahead but every one of us involved in taking the Club forward is committed to restoring Rangers to greatness again and we will not falter in our commitment.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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