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Rangers back fans decision to boycott match and refuse allocation

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Rangers chief executive Charles Green has confirmed that the Ibrox side will refuse their allocation of tickets for the Scottish Cup clash against Dundee United at Tannadice.

In a statement released via the official club website, Green said: “Rangers Football Club will not be taking its allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Scottish Cup match against Dundee United at Tannadice. This is a unanimous decision by the board, senior management and staff at Ibrox. Everyone at this club is dismayed at the actions of certain SPL clubs, which were actively engaged in trying to harm Rangers when we were in a perilous situation and we are acutely aware of their attitude to us.”

The statement follows calls from Rangers groups who stated their intention to boycott the match.

Green added: “Not all clubs who voted against Rangers returning to the SPL fall into that category and indeed we made Motherwell very welcome when we played them at Ibrox in the League Cup competition recently. However, feelings remain very raw and it should be no surprise that we as a club feel this way.

“It is unsurprising too that there has been a reaction from our supporters to this particular fixture. The last thing we as a club want to do is to compromise security arrangements for any match. I therefore appeal to all fans not to travel to this match and to Dundee United not to sell tickets to Rangers supporters.

“Our only regret is that this turn of events will not assist Ally McCoist and the team in what will be a very difficult fixture. We should make clear that the Club, the manager and the players all look forward to a situation where Rangers fans attend every match to support the team. The fans are our greatest asset.”

A statement from the Rangers Supporters’ Assembly read: “The Rangers support has waited patiently for the opportunity to send a clear message to those that tried to destroy our club – starve them of their much-needed cash by boycotting this game.

“It must also be remembered the disregard this club had for Rangers supporters when it unashamedly refused to offer refunds to supporters for a game abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch in 2009.

“We also understand the desire to support the team – the fans have demonstrated this to unbelievable lengths of loyalty – but we ask that on this occasion in a one-off display of fan power we show that we have not been beaten or broken.”

With Rangers now refusing their allocation, everyone will be looking towards a statement from the Scottish FA to see if the Ibrox side will still receive their percentage of revenue from the gate receipts or if they will be forfeited and handed back to the Tannadice side.

What are your views on Rangers refusing their allocation? Is it the right thing to do? Is it a petty stunt from Green ahead of the share issue? Would they have done it if they were drawn away to rivals Celtic? Should they still receive their percentage of the gate receipt or should it be handed in full to Dundee United? And above all will it have an effect on the team on the pitch with no partisan fans in the crowd?

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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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