SPL pursue Rangers costs

The SPL have confirmed they are pursuing costs for their investigation into undisclosed payments to Rangers players.

Last Updated: 03/04/13 at 12:12 Post Comment

The Scottish Premier League have confirmed they are pursuing costs for their investigation into undisclosed payments to Rangers players.

Oldco Rangers were issued with a £250,000 fine in February after being found guilty of breaching SPL rules relating to payments issued through their Employee Benefit Trust scheme from 2000 to 2011.

The inquiry lasted just short of a year and the verdict was delivered by an independent commission featuring judge Lord Nimmo Smith and two QCs. The costs of the probe are reported to be up to £500,000.

A statement from the league read: "There has been a routine application for costs given that the case was successfully pursued by the SPL."

The SPL would not expand on whether they were pursuing the newco Rangers for costs but they would have no chance of securing any from oldco Rangers, which is in liquidation.

The current Ibrox regime hit out at the SPL's move on Wednesday night.

A statement read: "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."

Both oldco and newco Rangers initially stated they would not take part in proceedings but they were eventually represented by the same legal team at the hearing.

Meanwhile, Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander has revealed his frustration at the failure of contract negotiations.

The 35-year-old is out of contract in the summer and looks set to move on after Rangers manager Ally McCoist approached Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell over a deal to join the club when their transfer embargo ends on September 1.

Alexander claimed he had been offered a one-year contract on "good money" by Charles Green in October but asked for a two-year deal, and offered to take reduced terms.

The former Scotland international told the Daily Record: "My agent then had a meeting with Green in London at the end of January and I thought it was all going to be settled at last. I would agree to lower wages but get a two-year deal.

"But my agent phoned me afterwards and his first words were 'sit down'. The offer remained a one-year deal but on 65 per cent less than it was in October. It was a take-or-leave-it."

Alexander added: "I'm willing to take a pay cut so I don't understand why it's this difficult.

"But the club has simply refused to negotiate and that probably hurts me the most because I thought I deserved better after all I've been through at this club."


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