Rangers Players Remain in Bitter Employment Law Dispute

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DSM Legal Solicitors react to the civil litigation and employment law issues regarding the current crisis shadowing Rangers Football Club over the last few months according to The Telegraph newspaper.

Crisis stricken Rangers FC’s nightmare is set to continue as nine of their senior players refuse to transfer their contracts over to the ‘newco’ club, as it becomes ever more likely the Ibrox side will be re-launched out of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League next season, according the the Telegraph newspaper:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/rangers/9359571/New-Rangers-owner-Charles-Green-hits-out-at-opportunistic-wantaway-players.html

The report suggested almost all of the senior players remain embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with the stricken club with both sides defending their legal rights.

New Rangers owner Charles Green has accused the growing number of players who have refused to transfer to the newco of “opportunism”. The former Sheffield United chief executive’s consortium completed the purchase of the clubs business and assets of Rangers for £5.5million when the club was consigned to liquidation.

When quizzed about the players who have refused to transfer their contracts, Green said to the Telegraph, “I’m very, very, disappointed of course... if someone has an objection they have to notify within 24 hours, this is nearly two weeks.”

However PFA Scotland’s lawyers reiterated their belief that the football authorities would back their stance that all players of Rangers ‘newco’ are now free agents under TUPE employment regulations.

The squad were due to report back to Murray Park for the start of pre-season training, however only Lee McCulloch and Lee Wallace have indicated their plan to commit to the new regime.

Diane Massey, Principal of Civil Litigation and Employment Law at DSM Legal Solicitors believes the players shouldn’t be so quick about making a decision when it comes to their employment rights, stating:

“The players should be protected by the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 1981 (TUPE), which preserves employees’ terms and conditions when a business or undertaking is transferred to a new employer.

“In the case of Rangers Football Club, any actions that the players take will be as a result of consultation with an employment solicitor. I would urge anyone to seek legal advice before taking action in such a situation as every case is different.”

DSM Legal are a Warrington based law firm which specialises in employment law and litigation disputes. For more information contact the DSM legal today on 0845 009 0863 or email to info(at)dsmlegal(dot)co(dot)uk. Visit their employment law page at http://www.dsmlegal.co.uk/employment-law.html.

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