Glasgow Rangers ‘to carry on’

Despite fears from fans that the club may fold, administrators have confirmed that Rangers are making good progress and will continue as a club.

Edinburgh-based administrators Duff and Phelps have been appointed to help solve the club’s dire financial state, but are looking at the positives for the Ibrox team.

“We can report we have made very good progress within the first 24 hours of being appointed administrators over Rangers Football Club,” a statement from the legal men, published on Rangers’ website, reads.

“Our first priority has been to ensure that the football club continues to function and this is being achieved with the help of staff, players and management at the club.

“In particular, we would like to thank the club’s business partners who are going the extra mile to ensure that Saturday’s home match against Kilmarnock goes ahead as scheduled.

“We had extremely constructive discussions with Strathclyde Police and we can confirm the match will take place.

“We fully recognise this is a difficult time for players and staff at the club and are extremely appreciative of their reaction to the situation.

“We will be holding meetings with the staff on a weekly basis at least to inform them of developments.

“We are also in the process of speaking to representatives of supporters’ groups and that will be an ongoing process.

“In broad terms, supporters can be reassured that Rangers will continue as a football club and we hope to reach a stage as soon as possible where the club can emerge from administration.

“We have had expressions of support across the political spectrum in Scotland within the last 24 hours and there is clearly a desire to see Rangers come through this situation successfully.

“There had been widespread publicity and speculation regarding the financial affairs of the football club.

“For clarity, the cost structure of the club and ongoing losses were such that the club had outstanding liabilities to HMRC.

“These were the subject of discussion and clearly HMRC wished to see them resolved as a matter of urgency.

“We are involved in dialogue with HMRC and will work with them constructively, as is the case with all other key stakeholders,” it concluded.

By Gareth McKnight