Rangers face legal action hefty compensation over Sydney withdrawal - report
Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Sydney Super Cup

Rangers face £5million bill over Sydney Cup shambles - report

Rangers could be set to be hit by a ‘£5million bill’ by the organisers of the Sydney Super Cup after the Light Blues withdrew from the controversial tournament earlier this week.

According to the Daily Record, organisers have kicked off legal talks over their next steps after Rangers claimed the Australians were ‘unwilling to fulfil their commitments’ around the competition.

Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Sydney Super Cup

However, the report claims Rangers commercial and marketing director James Bisgrove ‘gave his personal approval’ to the launch of the Sydney Super Cup last month.

Since the club announced its decision to withdraw, fan media have reported some of the reasons behind Rangers pulling out, with issues over the branding, the timing of the launch and claims organisers have failed to make a payment to the Light Blues.

In a statement released by the organisers, they hinted at possible legal action, expressing their disappointment at Rangers’ decision to pull out: “We were disappointed to wake up this morning to Rangers FC’s statement that it will not be participating in the Sydney Super Cup.

“The Rangers board committed to these matches following extensive negotiations over eight months. Seemingly in response to negative fan reaction, they have pulled out of their contracted commitment.

“We have worked closely with all stakeholders to bring this exciting event to Sydney, and we refute any suggestion that we were unwilling to fulfil our commitments to Rangers. We have acted in good faith and have put the event on sale with a great response from fans here.

“In changing their minds, the Rangers board has let down many, many fans in Australia and the Asian region. We will now consult with our stakeholders before determining our response.”

Signing up for the friendly prompted an unsurprising backlash from the Rangers support, leading to protests during the win over Dundee that halted the game several times.

While the decision not to take part in the friendly is the right one, the fact Rangers could be looking at a £5million bill sums up everything that’s wrong with the board just now.

Deciding to take part in a friendly that someone with even the briefest knowledge of Scottish football would tell you was a stupid idea – and then potentially having to cough up more than winning the league title is worth is just insane.

Some will go into self-preservation mode now as they try to untangle the entire mess but, it is clear that there needs to be serious consequences.

Those involved in the whole shambles should be seriously considering their roles at the club – and if they aren’t the decision should be made for them.

In other news, a member of the Tottenham backroom staff is to undertake a charity cycle from Ibrox in memory of ex-Rangers star

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