Rangers will pursue ‘desperados’ Naismith, Lafferty, McGregor and Whittaker

Rangers chief executive Charles Green says the club will take to the courts to pursue a group of players who departed last summer.

When Rangers were booted out of the Scottish Premier League because of tax and EBT problems, the likes of Steven Naismith (Everton), Kyle Lafferty (FC Sion), Allan McGregor (Besktas) and Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) decided to leave for greener pastures and Green is still chasing them for dishonouring their Ibrox contracts.

“…we were only allowed 22 players in the SFL over 21, and the first seven were those desperados who walked out on Rangers, like Allan McGregor, Stevie Naismith, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker,” he said.

“They knew it was a going concern because we had taken over and we were paying wages. They simply walked out on us.

“If players don’t want to play in the Third Division, fantastic.

“But with players like Maurice Edu (Stoke City) and Steven Davis (Southampton) we came to a compromise, Rangers got some cash and they left with our blessing.

“There was no reason other than self-interest that the others did not and we are going to pursue them in court.”

 
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