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IN FULL: Rangers newco statement on SFA membership

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Malcolm Murray, Chairman of The Rangers Football Club, said, “The Club has finally been granted SFA membership which means we can now move forward and focus on the future.

“This is a new beginning for Rangers and its supporters. We have a difficult but exciting journey ahead and we want fans to enjoy watching their team play again at Ibrox and on our travels.

“The Club and supporters have the chance to make new friends throughout our journey and at all times we will strive to maintain the highest possible standards for this great institution.

“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.

“We still have outstanding issues with the SPL but we will challenge them at every turn.

“Supporters have been badly bruised by recent events but Rangers has survived and I believe the fans will now rally behind the Manager and Club and stay with us through this rebuilding process.

“The football landscape is changing, not just here in Scotland but across Europe. With the exception of a few, clubs cannot run with huge debt burdens and there will undoubtedly be many more casualties in the coming years. Rangers was a casualty but now we are debt-free and can rebuild.

“As a lifelong Rangers fan, I am relieved that we are finally at the point where we can move forward and focus on football again. Our journey back to the top is only achievable with the support of our loyal fanbase and we will rise again with their help.

“Starting again in Division 3 is what our fans wanted and I look forward to seeing them back at Ibrox for our first game against East Fife and at many matches throughout the season.”

“This is still Rangers and the next chapter of our history has the potential to be one of the greatest stories in the history of sport. The Rangers revival begins now and I, for one, am looking forward to the journey.”

Charles Green, Chief Executive of The Rangers Football Club, said: “We have signed an agreement today that allows Rangers to be granted membership by the SFA.

“In reaching the agreement, the Board has had to take some very difficult decisions to gain SFA membership, including accepting the delayed transfer ban and paying outstanding financial penalties, but we are now able to get back to playing football and plan for the new season.

“The agreement enables the Club to move forward but there remains an outstanding issue with the SPL regarding EBTs. As we have proved in the last couple of months, we will stand up to any challenges that face Rangers and will continue to fight for the Club’s best interests.

“We owe that to all the fans who have supported Rangers through the most tumultuous period in the Club’s history.

“This is the point where our task of rebuilding the Club from Division 3 starts. We have a long road ahead and clearly the transfer ban makes our job even harder but every one of us involved in taking the Club forward is committed to the task and we will not falter in our commitment.

“There will undoubtedly be difficult times ahead but we have a consortium of investors who are in this for the long haul and are excited about being part of the journey to rebuild this great Club.

“It is my job, and that of the board, to ensure Rangers emerges stronger and financially fitter and I am confident we can achieve this.

“As the Chairman said, this is a new beginning for the Club. Supporters and everyone connected to Rangers have the chance to be part of something special over the next few years.”

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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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