Days after Rangers were told they had to pay a £500,000 legal bill by the Scottish Premier League, it has been announced that Rangers are facing further legal bills over the legal expenses of five former Rangers players who refused to tupe over their contracts.
The Independent arbitration panel, which was convened by Rangers and the five players under the Scottish Football Association’s Articles of Association, has insisted that Rangers pay all the legal fees relating to the dispute.
Steven Naismith, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Sone Aluko and Jamie Ness all quit the Ibrox club when it was placed into liquidation in the summer. While some of their team mates transferred their contracts over from the old company to the newco, the five refused to do so, causing the club to challenge their transfer refusal.
The news of five legal bills comes days after the SPL claimed that the Ibrox side have to pay legal costs pertaining to the EBT saga and the independent three-man panel chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith.
A Rangers spokesperson, commenting on the SPL bill, said: “This matter has been dragged out long enough and we had thought Lord Nimmo Smith’s verdict would have been an end to it. Attempting to stretch it out even further does nothing to help the image of a game torn by dissension and engulfed in turmoil.
“It is important to remember that Lord Nimmo Smith apportioned no blame against Rangers FC and thus no sanctions were imposed on this club. It is inconceivable, therefore, as well as ridiculous that the SPL should even think about pursuing this club for costs against what was widely regarded as an ill-conceived and unwise course of action by them in the first place.”
The Rangers oldco were fined £250,000 by the independent panel and it is not known yet if the SPL will be handing the bill to BDO as liquidators of the oldco or the newco and Charles Green.