Rangers have reportedly filed a counterclaim against Sports Direct as the club prepare to go to battle with Mike Ashley over its merchandising.

The billionaire retail tycoon has been a consistent thorn in the side of Rangers’ progression off the field and these bitter court battles with Ashley continue to hang over the club.

Rangers were ordered not to use Hummel/Elite Group for a season and pay Mike Ashley £450k in legal fees back in July after a High Court judge ruled in favour of the notorious Newcastle United owner.

Rangers continue to be embroiled in legal difficulties with Mike Ashley. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

But undeterred, Rangers continue to battle with the businessman and clearly feel they have grounds to challenge Sports Direct, according to court documents released by Bears Fight Back.

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Interestingly the £1m damages cap, which was said to have been thrown out by the Judge in a BBC report, is reported in the court documents [43a, p26].

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The claim also raises the fact that supporters would not have used Sports Direct to buy kit from – as a result of fan boycotts – but did so willingly with Hummel/Elite Group [43P.1 (a), p.51].

 

The Ibrox club is also saying the Sports Direct claims that it “lost substantial profits” due to the ongoing kit debacle are “inconsistent” with SDI’s historic performance in selling Rangers kit [43P.1 (c), p.52].

Rangers claim that the club has “suffered and continues to suffer loss and damage” because of this bitter dispute [91, p.102].

As a result, the club “claims compound interest as damages” or “alternatively is entitled to and claims simple interest” on all and any appropriate sums “for such periods as the court thinks fit” [92, p.102].

Rangers chairman Dave King has signalled his intention to continue the fight with Sports Direct. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

When Dave King spoke out against Sports Direct in his parting comments at last month’s AGM the South-African businessman was deadly serious.

The outgoing Rangers chairman has committed to the Ibrox club until the bitter dispute with Sports Direct and Mike Ashley comes to an end [Herald].

Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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