Wednesday 21 March 2018

Rangers look set to fulfil cup clash with Brechin

Lisa Gray

Talks were continuing last night as newco Rangers aimed to secure Scottish Football Association membership ahead of tomorrow's Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin.

It now appears likely that Sevco Scotland will be granted temporary authorisation to field a Rangers team at Glebe Park amid a stand-off between Charles Green and the Scottish Premier League.

Manager Ally McCoist is pushing ahead with plans for the new season and the club last night confirmed that former Hearts and Scotland striker Kevin Kyle -- a free agent after being released from his contract at Tynecastle last March -- had trained at Murray Park.

Despite no resolution as yet to the SFA membership issue, Brechin chairman Ken Ferguson remains hopeful that the tie will go ahead.


Asked if he has had concerns that the tie will not take place, Ferguson said: "It's a complex situation. The lawyers are involved and, as such, it can derail at any time. But we have faith in those representing us to get the job done."

Sevco had applied to assume Rangers' membership of the SFA on June 22 and supplied a number of documents to support their application a week later.

Detailed discussions began between the governing body and Sevco board members after the Ibrox club were voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division on July 13.

However, talks have also involved the SPL and SFL, and the authorisation of the original Rangers company, still in administration, is also needed to transfer the SPL share to Dundee.

Sevco's bid to assume Rangers' SFA membership has stalled over their attempts to persuade the SPL to abandon their investigation into alleged undisclosed payments to players.

The deal has also been complicated by talks over television contracts, with the SPL bidding to secure the SFL rights in order to safeguard their deal with Sky and ESPN.

Irish Independent

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