McCoist: Concern over action

Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits some of his players feel

aggrieved they have been put in a “compromising position” by PFA


The union have launched an employment tribunal claim against the

club on the players’ behalf.

It emerged this week that the union had launched the action in

relation to alleged failure to consult and inform over the transfer

of contracts to Charles Green’s newco club.

PFA Scotland have said they will withdraw the case if Green

drops his claim for compensation for players who declined to

transfer to the new company under Transfer of Undertakings

(Protection of Employment) legislation (Tupe) and left for other


But Green has refused to back down and McCoist supported his

stance while questioning the approach of PFA Scotland.

“I don’t know all the facts and figures so I stand corrected if

I’m wrong, but if I’m one of the players and I was against the

action, I would probably be a little bit disappointed that I had

possibly been put in a compromising situation, especially with our

own fans,” said McCoist, whose team visit Montrose in the Irn-Bru

Third Division on Saturday.

“Our fans, who have been nothing short of sensational from start

to finish through this whole process of us rebuilding, I think

their noses might be out of joint if there are players who are

taking the club to court and trying to get more money out the


“I just feel one or two of the players are a little upset at the

potential of being put in a compromising position by their union,

who possibly could have and should have informed them of this.

“It might have been our position to tell them that they were

effectively taking us to court. I’m not sure that’s the case, but

it is a little bit of a dog’s dinner.”

The compensation claim will go before an initial arbitration

hearing at the Scottish Football Association on January 7.

Rangers are pursuing damages from six of their former players –

Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Sone Aluko, Kyle Lafferty, Allan

McGregor and Jamie Ness.

McCoist said: “I think the club and Charles in particular have

every right to pursue financial benefits where they think we are

legally entitled. I can totally understand that.

“The club have taken legal advice on it and feel the club are

possibly due money and I would absolutely back that.

“We have probably lost in the region of ?30million of players

and the club feel they have the right to pursue that legal


“Players left for absolutely nothing, which they feel they were

entitled to do.

“You have someone like Maurice Edu, who stayed and Tupe-d over

and the club got a small fee for him.

“I think the fans are looking at someone like Maurice Edu, who

they believe left in the right manner.”

The players’ union are also involved in individual employment

cases for Aluko, Lafferty and Ness.

McCoist said: “I’ve read one or two newspaper articles from

former players who have shown a little bit of concern that the

maybe the fans wouldn’t welcome them back, which I can


“The players made their own decisions, they took advice and made

their own decisions, and I think they have got to live by them.

“I’m not saying the decisions are right or wrong because

everyone will look at things differently. But they made the

decisions and I feel they have to stick by them.”

McCoist admitted he could understand the concerns of players who

feel they were bereft of information amid the transfer of assets to

the new company when the original Rangers was consigned to


He added: “It was my job to pass on information from the

administrators, which I did 100%.

“It might not have seemed enough and I can understand that. But

I was passing information that was being passed to me.”

Meanwhile, McCoist denied Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser was one of

the players he has targeted as he bids to persuade players to join

Rangers when their transfer embargo ends on September 1 next


McCoist said: “There’s nothing in that at all. (Aberdeen

manager) Craig Brown hit the nail on the head when he said he’d

expect me to pick the phone up and phone him if there was any

interest from Rangers.

“If we had any interest – or if we do have any interest – then

Craig Brown will be the first person I call.”

McCoist expects a tough contest on the artificial surface at

Links Park, which is further up the north-east coast than Arbroath,

where Celtic won 1-0 on Wednesday.

McCoist said: “We saw in midweek how tough it is for teams going

to supposedly wee venues so it will be another tough game.

“They have been going well so they will fancy their chances

being a home game.

“The surface will be a bit alien to us but we have won at East

Stirling and Clyde on similar surfaces so hopefully we can handle