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“Rangers Down to Bare Bones” – No, Not In Money But In Players – Yes – That’s What Mr McCoist Said!

Last night marked the first game in the super-duper all-singing and all-dancing SPFL. However it was overshadowed by the continuing efforts of Rangers to ensure that the Ibrox outfit is the only one ever discussed in Scottish football.

In baseball Alex Rodriguez, star third base for the New York Yankees, and already an unpopular figure, lost many of his remaining supporters when his agent announced, in the middle of a game in the 2007 World Series (the Yankees had not reached the World Series) that A-Rod was opting out of his $252 million contract in an effort to get even more money. This smashed through the unwritten MLB rule that teams should keep quiet about player and in-house issues during the World Series so as not to distract attention from the sport’s showcase occasion. Continue reading



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Carloway and Graham Step Down from SFA/Rangers Tribunal – + Breaking – SFA Statement re Embargo

Michael Grant of the Herald reports today the two of the three members of the SFA Appellate Tribunal which confirmed the sanctions on Rangers before being overturned by the Court of Session have stepped down.

The article, which can be read in full here http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/football/exclusive-two-withdraw-from-appellate-tribunal-to-rule-on-rangers.18197546 includes the following extracts:-

Lord Carloway and Craig Graham, the chairman of Spartans, will be replaced if or when the SFA’s Appellate Tribunal reconvenes to consider the transfer ban again.

Herald Sport understands that Lord Carloway was unhappy that his verdict was contradicted by another judge and wrote to the SFA to inform them he would no longer be available for any future cases. Graham cannot consider the case again because of the possibility that suspending or expelling the oldco Rangers’ SFA membership (which the newco club seeks to take over) could create a vacant league place for which his own club, Spartans, could seek to apply. Graham removed himself rather than face a conflict of interest although he will remain available to the SFA for future cases.

Only former Partick Thistle chairman Allan Cowan remains of the original panel. Continue reading


Filed under Charles Green, Football, Rangers, SFA

What Is the Status of the “Rangers” Players Today?

Last week Mr Green and his company Sevco 5088 Ltd bought the assets and business of Rangers Football Club. This included the “Player Contracts” – the contracts of employment of those employees of Rangers Football Club PLC (in Administration) (hereafter referred to as “Rangers PLC”) who are professional football players registered with the SFA.

There are two questions.

1                     What is the employment status of the players?

2                     What is the football status of the players?

As I have written before, I think Mr Green is wrong in what he says about the players. (On a side note, I feel that “Mr Green is wrong” is becoming the most-used phrase on this blog since “Carthago delenda est”!)

Employment Status

The TUPE regulations exist to protect employees, not employers. It is, in 99.99% of cases the employee who stands to lose out on a transfer of undertaking. The instances where the employer loses out are so rare that the law sees no need to protect them.

Once players agree to be employed by Sevco 5088 Ltd, trading as “The Rangers Football Club” and which I will refer to from hereon as “Sevco”, then their Rangers PLC contracts will continue on the same terms. Interestingly this of course means that the players who negotiated the right to leave on payment of a reduced transfer fee in return for a temporary wage cut, are effectively, as a result of the actions of the administrators, worth less than they would have been, with the result, one assumes, that the offer of £5.5 million by Sevco is also less than it would have been if the players retained full value. Perhaps not the best job by the administrators in the interests of the creditors there… Continue reading


Filed under Charles Green, Football, Rangers, TUPE