Rangers takeover: PFA chief Fraser Wishart in call to Charles Green

Fraser Wishart, chief executive of the PFA. Picture: SNS

Fraser Wishart, chief executive of the PFA. Picture: SNS

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PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart has challenged Charles Green to engage in serious consultation over his plans for a new Rangers amid growing frustration among players over the uncertainty.

Green claimed players would be in “breach of contract” if they did not transfer over to his planned newco Rangers.

Wishart has stated his union’s legal opinion is that the players are under no obligation to stay at Ibrox under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) regulations, although Green must continue to employ all staff who wish to keep their jobs, under the same terms.

Green is poised to push ahead with a £5.5 million deal to buy the club’s assets and form a new club, which would need to apply for membership of the Scottish Premier League and would be excluded from Europe for three years.

Wishart said: “It may well be the case that all of the players wish to transfer across to the newco and if that is the case then PFA Scotland will ensure that their rights are protected.

“The players however are becoming increasingly unhappy at having to operate in an information vacuum whilst their futures are portrayed by others as being a fait accompli with no proper communication and consultation taking place.

“The players are being asked to decide upon their future with so many uncertainties involved; unanswered questions such as which division the new club will actually play in, whether there be any sporting sanctions against the club, whether the club be eligible to play in the Scottish Cup and whether there will be a registration embargo.”