Rangers in crisis: SPL clubs could be boycotted

Plan of attack! Jardine insists SPL clubs who back Rangers sanctions will be targeted



21:39 GMT, 26 April 2012

Rangers legend Sandy Jardine has warned SPL rivals they will pay a heavy price after he claimed they had pushed the stricken club to the brink.

A trustee of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, Jardine will chair a meeting of incensed supporters groups this weekend, with a boycott of away grounds on the agenda.

The meeting is a shot across the bows of the SPL chairmen who will meet on Monday to vote on tough new sporting and commercial sanctions for a newco Rangers.

Fighting talk: Former manager Walter Smith (left) and legend Sandy Jardine

Fighting talk: Former manager Walter Smith (left) and legend Sandy Jardine

Angered further by the SFA’s imposition of a 12-month transfer
embargo following Craig Whyte’s reign of mayhem, Jardine — a Rangers
employee — warned the Scottish game the club won’t go quietly.

‘All the secretaries and presidents of all the supporters clubs from
all over Britain are flying in and some from abroad if they can make
it,’ said Jardine. ‘I won’t speculate on what we might do, but
everything is on the table to be talked about and discussed.

‘Out of that, we will get an agreement and a consensus as a united body to go forward.

‘What it amounts to is that everybody has had enough of us just taking this and being kicked when we are down.

‘It’s about time we fought back. But we will do it in a proper manner and we will be co-ordinated. We will wait and see what associations have taken action against us.’

Boycott threat: Jardine

Boycott threat: Jardine

Jardine spoke as the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund announced a sponsored walk on May 20 to raise further cash to help the club through the summer months after the sanctions delayed plans to appoint a preferred bidder further.

‘One part of the meeting will be about the Fans Fighting Fund, about what we are and what we want to do,’ added Jardine. ‘The other part will be about finding out what the sanctions will be from the SFA or SPL and what actions we want to take in response.

‘I’ve never seen the fans this angry before, about all the things that are happening to our club.

‘It’s also the first time we have had a real unity.

‘What we hope to gain is a mandate to take action against other teams or organisations taking actions we deem to be against our interests.

‘We have a committee and the mandate will be handed to the Supporters Assembly and the people involved with the club.

‘We will co-ordinate any protests, any campaigns we want to launch. It will be discussed and then, obviously, we will wait and see what sanctions are taken against the club.’