Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Rangers players have moved on, says McGregor

Allan McGregor believes recent results have shown that Rangers' players have now come to terms with the club's off-field problems.

The Glasgow giants were docked 10 points when they went into administration on February 14 and went on to lose three of their next four matches, as the club's financial issues dominated the headlines and discussions over wage cuts took place with administrators.

Rivals Celtic clinched the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title last weekend but Rangers' own results have improved with consecutive wins over the Hoops, Motherwell and St Mirren.

McGregor now hopes they can continue to deliver on the park until the end of the season, as administrators attempt to identify a buyer for the club behind the scenes.

The goalkeeper told Blues News: "It's been difficult, I'm not going to lie - as it has been for everybody involved I'd imagine.

"The uncertainty surrounding the place was hard and the boys made a massive sacrifice by taking the pay cut.

"So it's been difficult, but it's done now and we need to get on with it.

"I think you can see from the last three games that once it was out of the way we've been better for it.

"Hopefully that can continue to the end of the season and in the meantime a buyer can come in."

Rangers players last month agreed wage cuts of between 25-75% with administrators Duff and Phelps in a bid to avoid widespread redundancies at the club.

McGregor added: "It's does affect you, and it doesn't matter what you earn if someone takes 75% of that.

"You live by what you're expecting so, if you're not getting that, things change but maybe some people don't see it that way.

"It definitely wasn't nice but, to be honest, I'm surprised we got the chance to save jobs. I thought there might have been people out the door.

"That didn't happen and the boys fought their corner and made a big sacrifice to try to keep everyone at the club.

"I think it helped that a lot of the boys have been here for the last three or four years. We were in it together and it wasn't an easy decision but it was one the boys took together for the benefit of the club."

Meanwhile, the Rangers Supporters Trust has threatened to call for a boycott of away fixtures next season as a result of proposed changes to SPL rules, which the fans' group believe would result in "excessive and draconian penalties" if passed.

The resolutions, which will be considered on April 30, will mean tougher sanctions for clubs who go into administration in future or face the prospect of liquidation.

If Rangers are liquidated, a 'newco' would be deducted 10 points for two seasons if accepted straight back into the SPL and would also face financial penalties in the form of league payments being slashed by 75% for three seasons.

A statement from the RST read: "The board of the Rangers Supporters Trust, like other fans of the club, are not in the least surprised by the actions and timing of the SPL decision to vote on rule changes which has now further delayed a future takeover of Rangers.

"Given the severity of the possible sanctions, and their impact on any club who may also fall on hard times through mismanagement, it leaves us little option but to give serious consideration of calling for a boycott of away fixtures by Rangers fans next season; specifically targeting those clubs who have rushed through the proposals to punish our club with these excessive and draconian penalties.

"We will discuss this in the near future with our sister organisations, the Rangers Supporters Association and Assembly, to maximise impact and collate ideas on how a boycott could be facilitated if deemed necessary."

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