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Ranger’s row rumbles on as Green complains

Rangers boss Charles Green, speaking after the 2-1 win over Brechin City in the Ramsden Cup has claimed that bigotry was among the SPL clubs decision to punish the new Rangers for the misdemeanours of the old Ibrox club.

A claim sure to raise outrange among the clubs and fans alike.

"Some of it has been driven by bigotry, some of its been driven by jealousy and some of its been driven by all the wrong motives," Green said.

The Scottish Football Association said Rangers would only be given membership if they accepted sanctions for unpaid football debts by the oldco.

"My frustration's been, after 30 years of business, I have never experienced anything like the last three months," Green is reported to have said to BBC Radio Scotland.

"Some of the business decisions that have been made really have been nonsensical from a business point of view.

Green's consortium bought Rangers' assets for £5.5m but after reforming 'newco' they did not get the required votes for re-admittance to the SPL and are due to start life in Division Three

"One of the meetings I went to, one of the reasons why SPL chairmen were under pressure to do something with Rangers was they wouldn't buy season tickets until Rangers were thrown out of the league."

He went on to say what he meant by bigotry, Green turned to pressure placed on SPL clubs by their own fans not to allow the new club into the top flight.

"We've got a position whereby Rangers were thrown out of the league and these clubs are still appealing with fans to buy season tickets," he said.

"What's happened with Rangers, as an outsider looking in, although I am now an insider, is absolutely incredible where it seems to me the whole of Scotland have wanted to kick this giant club while it was down.

"I think justice has been done. The club were fined 10 points, it received an £190,000 fine, it was then put out the SPL, it was then put down to the Third Division, it has had to pay all the Scottish club debts, which wouldn't normally happen for a newco to be obliged to pay oldco's debts.

Celtic released a statement reading: "These comments are not worthy of any response from Celtic football club. We presume the matter would now be one for the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Football League to deal with."

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