Rangers: Five Departed Players Not Granted International Clearance to Complete Ibrox Exits

Ibrox side look to prevent exits.

International clearance has not been granted for the transfers of Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty or Jamie Ness.

The quintet have found new clubs after refusing to have their contracts transferred to a newco Rangers.

But, with Rangers seeking compensation, the Scottish FA will not provide authorisation for the moves.

Fifa are expected to grant temporary registrations while the world governing body rules on the matter.
Davis has joined Southampton, while Whittaker has signed for Norwich and Everton are Naismith’s new employers.

Ness moved to Stoke City and Lafferty is with Swiss club Sion.

Clubs request international transfer clearance (ITC) through their own national association, who then contact the SFA who, in turn, contact the club the player is leaving.

Those leaving have been advised by their union that they do so as free agents.

Green contests this and has written to all clubs in England warning that the players are in breach of contract.


Whilst this may well all end up being processed, and the five players names will in all likelihood complete their free transfer moves to their new clubs, it appears that Charles Green is looking to challenge the ruling made by the SFA player’s union.

Eleven players have refused to join the new company set up by Charles Green after he purchased the assets of the Ibrox club and of those a number have already found new clubs, as detailed by this source.

It seems like a fairly empty gesture on Green’s part as clearly nothing could compel employers of Rangers Football Club to sign ‘newco’ deals.

Rangers’ future is still uncertain. The Ibrox side have been thrown out of the SPL and look unlikely to start the 2012/13 season in Scottish League Division One either and seem set to be demoted to the Scottish Third Division.


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