Defender Steven Whittaker’s move to Norwich City was brought into question again yesterday by a report that claimed Charles Green’s £5.5m purchase of Rangers’ assets included a £2.75m payment to buy the contracts and registrations of the club’s players.

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The club’s administrators, Duff and Phelps, appointed by the Court of Session on February 14, have broken down all the “asset realisations”, most of which relate to their sale of the Ibrox club to Sevco Scotland Limited.

They say Green’s consortium paid for the club’s employees to transfer to his company under TUPE regulations, which protects employees’ terms and conditions of employment when a business is transferred from one owner to another. However, on the advice of their union, PFA Scotland, 11 players – including Whittaker – rejected the opportunity to transfer their contracts from Rangers to Sevco. Whittaker subsequently signed a four-year deal with the Canaries.

Green rejects the claim that the players are free agents and the former Sheffield United chief executive said he sent letters to clubs across the UK warning them that the players who objected to the switch to his new company were in breach of contract.

International clearance for the transfers of Whittaker, Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness and Steven Naismith has been put on hold as Green continues to dispute the players’ status. The Scottish FA have referred the matter to Fifa for clarification.

Naismith has moved to Everton, Ness has joined Stoke, Northern Ireland duo Davis and Lafferty are at Southampton and Swiss side Sion, respectively, while goalkeeper Allan McGregor is in talks with Turkish club Besiktas.

The document, issued to the old company’s creditors, shows Green paid £1.5m for “heritable properties”, which include Ibrox Stadium and the training ground.

The club’s member share of the Scottish Premier League and its membership of the Scottish Football Association were each sold for £1.

SPL clubs, however, refused to allow the newco admittance to the top flight, leaving the Govan club to seek membership of the Scottish Football League, with that request subject to a vote by the SFL clubs on Friday.

28 comments

  • Are they assets or employees? That to me sems to be at the heart of this dispute. I agree that it is a good thing that we have moved on this and I am sure that clubs have talked to each other about it. Lets just hope the lad plays well for us.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • We`re in good company, notably Everton & Stoke. Not so sure about Sion......

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • The charlatans didn`t HAVE any money, Preston. Pretending they could play in the transfer market must have been a smoke-screen. Anyway, if "Rangers" are doomed to Div 3, how can they generate the revenue to pay these guys according to their "contracts"? Some of them took a 75% wages cut in "old Rangers", I believe? All a bit messy, really. I`m sure Neil Doncaster has the vision and imagination to help steer a course forward. Not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • I have no idea Brewer. I just wonder if there will be consequences for the transfer system as a whole in this regard. Another point on this is that Rangers owe money to other clubs for transfers ie Lee Wallace. Now, in the real world that football seems to be exempt from, if I bought a car on finance and didn't meet the repayments, would that car not be taken back from me? Another way of looking at it for Rangers is, what goes around comes around. I am just so glad we didn't sell Holty to them in January because we almost certainly would not have got the money for him.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Reply to Preston ethered. Perhaps the actual Contracts could be seen as Assets?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • So, Juanma Ortiz agrees to transfer his contract to Newco and is then allowed to leave for Granada with glowing praise from Green but the players who were given the same option to transfer their contracts and rejected the offer, deciding to leave instead are prevented from leaving and threatened with legal action. Maybe it would have been easier if Green had just told the players what that their contracts were going to be transferred and dealt with offers that came in afterwards. You live and learn!

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    CovCanary

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • Oops! Well spotted MB. Ignore the "what". I had changed the wording of that sentence and must have missed it. It should read: Maybe it would have been easier if Green had just told the players that their contracts were going to be transferred and dealt with offers that came in afterwards.

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    CovCanary

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • I sympathize with those exasperated comments about FIFA ruling on it given that it is up to its neck in charges at the moment. Despite that, FIFA is usually quite quick with these things. I can't believe that the Swiss court hearing the Zürich-based FIFA's case has agreed to drop the charges against Havelange and Texira if FIFA pay them CHF 2.5 M. Actually I can believe it.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • I think I understand what you mean, CovCan but is there a word(s) missing? ...what (it meant) that... Or have I misread it altogether? Sorry! Green is probably showing what a wonderful, regular guy he really is (or wants to be seen as).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • When Green bought the club he probably envisaged having most of last seasons team in place so it didn't matter what league they would be relegated to, they would be back in the SPL at the earliest opportunity. Now he is seeing a lot of the players moving on without any financial gain for Rangers, he has decided to try and put the brakes on the exodus unless he gets something out of it. Juanma Ortiz agreed to transfer his contract then was allowed to move to Granada with glowing praise from Green. Players who did not have their contracts transferred are being prevented from moving and threatened with legal action.

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    CovCanary

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • Looks like it will be all hands on deck down at Leathes Prior at the moment !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Comment blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • The taenia solium men of the legal world will enjoy getting their hooks into this one!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • As the report seems to clearly state that the contracts were transferred under the TUPE Regulations, this gives employees the right not to accept the offer and to move on without stating a reason, the only thing they do not get is severance, job seekers allowance, etc. If there is a reason, e.g. a change of circumstances, etc.the employee can sue for constructive dismissal. The whole point of TUPE is to portect the employee, as the report appears to state. What is the problem.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Ethered again, Preston. Think I`ll take a break!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • The Blatterites!No please not them!The Blairites were bad enough.This could take years and cost a fortune if The Blatterites take charge.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Preston, my attempt to participate also ethered. I just fear the unexpected in the form of The Blatterite Inquisition. It only took 2.5 million Swiss Francs to get corrupt FIFA "officials" off criminal charges after all. It`s DocOhNo`s "Contracts of Mass Destruction" that may provide the Sepptic loophole for leverage. I hope Ade & Swiss are right. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • Blocked. (Mentioned an existing NCFC left-back).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Not to mention FIFA`s inherent dodginess, Peter. I think Green feels his best chance is to get the Blatterites involved.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Spot on Swiss, TUPE regulations are there to protect the employee. If the employee feels that their working conditions will change for the worse (possibly plying your trade in a lower division could be seen as this) they are able to refuse the new contract and move on without penalty. In fact, I thought, if conditions were proven to be worse, the employee COULD claim unfair dismissal. Can't see the problem with the players stance, hopefully common sense will prevail

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    Ade_70

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • By name......

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Watch out for the contracts of mass destruction.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Any mention of Fifa does not bode well.If it is anything like goalmouth technology it might take at least 5 years to sort out.The Canaries would drown in a mire of bureaucracy.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Phew! I thought my efforts were being blattered into submission. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • We are gonna be short of full-backs..... How`s Marc Tierney coming on?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Looks like it will be all hands on deck down at Leathes Prior at the moment !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Ade_70, I really hope you and Swiss have it right. Common sense, logic, fair play, employment law all say you do. But nobody knows what to expect from The Blatterite Inquisition. You know, the ones who got crooked officials off the hook for bribery by paying 2.5 million Swiss Francs to the court. History has a habit of repeating itself (cliche du Jour). It`s the Doc`s "Contracts of Mass Destruction" that may provide the legal loophole, dependent on how much financial leverage is applied. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 13, 2012

  • Looks like all conversation is doomed to the ethernet Brewer. Swiss, I hope that you are right and it is that simple. As far as I am concerned Rangers and Green have brought this on themselves by going into liquidation to avoid their debts.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

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