Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Dumbarton

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Scots Champ

Ibrox Stadium

Last Game

Rangers 8 - 1 Clyde

Monday, 18 August 2014, 19:35

Petrofac Training Cup First Round South-West

Rangers in contract wrangle

Rangers insist they will continue their battle to prevent the release of secret contracts by their former commercial director.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 15:43 Post Comment

Contracts at Ibrox are the subject of an ongoing dispute

Contracts at Ibrox are the subject of an ongoing dispute

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Imran Ahmad is suing the Scottish League One champions for a £500,000 bonus he claims is due for helping to set up agreements worth £10m with sportswear manufacturers Puma and retailer Sports Direct.

However, Rangers fear the deals might be leaked on-line, claiming they should remain private because they are commercially sensitive.

Ahmad was sacked last April after being accused of leaking confidential club documents on a supporters' forum - a claim he denies - and is arguing he is due five per cent of any contracts he negotiated during his time at Ibrox and has presented a letter from former chief executive Charles Green backing his stance.

At the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Ahmad was successful in his bid to gain access to a number of documents.

Rangers were ordered to hand over files relating to the purchase of the Albion car park - which Ahmad claims to have negotiated - financial projections for the Puma and Sports Direct deals as well as accounts for the period covered by Ahmad's employment at the club.

Emails sent to and from the former Zeus Capital managing director's account will be given to a third-party commissioner to "sift" through before relevant messages are then passed to Ahmad's legal team.

However, both parties will have to return to court on May 13 to argue over whether the Puma and Sport Direct deals should be released.

Alan Summers QC, representing Rangers, told Lord Woolman: "The pursuer was dismissed from his employment with the defenders because his employers allege that he put material that was confidential and damaging to his employers onto the web.

"There is an unnatural fascination with all things Rangers and there is a market for information that relates to it and its internal workings."

But Ahmad's counsel, Kenny McBrearty QC, dismissed those fears.

He said: "The concern of the defenders relating to the release of these documents is that the pursuer will then put them into the public domain. That is a suspicion and a suspicion only."

Rangers claim that if the details of their kit deal with Puma are made public, it will put them at a "serious disadvantage" when trying to negotiate with other suppliers once it ends.

A full four-day hearing will take place in November or February 2015 - with Green expected to be called as a witness.

Ahmad has already lodged a letter from Green - who he claims was authorised to approve the bonus - dated April 5 last year which appears to show the Yorkshire businessman sanctioning the payment.

It reads: "Dear Immy, now that the Puma and Sports Direct deals are complete, I can confirm that your bonus for 2013 will be not less than £500,000."

At the previous hearing, Summers claimed the letter was "contractually inept, linguistically obscure, stylistically informal and essentially unlawful".

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham turn to Sevilla's Federico Fazio in hunt for new centre-half

Tottenham are interested in signing Argentina international Federico Fazio from Sevilla, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers silent on Mario Balotelli clause

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is refusing to be drawn on whether Mario Balotelli would have a good behaviour clause.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine feels Southampton are still dangerous

Alan Irvine will take his West Brom side to Southampton fully aware their much-changed side still has plenty of threats.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property