We just don't know our fate, admits Rangers defender Goian
Dorin Goian admits that the players who arrived at Rangers last summer did so with their eyes open.
A few internet searches or phone
calls revealed that a huge tax bill was still hanging over the Ibrox
club, even as Craig Whyte spoke of a supposed bright new era.
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Yet surely none of them could have predicted the dire events of this week after Rangers were instead forced into administration over 9million in PAYE and VAT that has not been paid since Whyte's takeover last May.
All the talk from the Ibrox chairman of the major HM Revenue and Customs case – which he has claimed could total 75million – sending them down that road right now has proved to be yet another statement that simply does not add up.
Goian and the rest of the players are
now left to wait and wonder. Speaking to Romanian media, the
centre-back claimed Whyte had told them on Tuesday that they would be
paid as normal at the end of this month.
Given that the squad were also
informed at that meeting that administration was still 10 days away, it
is unlikely many will be taking Whyte's assertion to the bank.
Uncertain times: Rangers have been place into administration
'I knew there were problems at the
club,' said Goian. 'Of course, I knew there was a chance of us going
into administration and I asked a few people about it, but nobody really
could tell us what was happening.
'I spoke about it with my wife last
night and we agreed that you know a team has problems when the owner
comes into the dressing room to talk to the players.
'All I know is that we are in administration, but I do not know what will happen to us.
'The owner came and talked to us. The players asked him some questions and he told us our wages will be paid on time.
'They now have to decide whether or not to let any players go.'
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The extent of the cuts will soon
become clear, but Goian is hoping those who remain at Ibrox will show
defiance in the weeks ahead.
A 10-point penalty for entering
administration has ended hope of a fourth successive title, with Celtic
now cruising towards the crown with a 14-point lead.
Goian, though, believes the squad left at Ally McCoist's disposal
cannot afford to simply go through the motions when they face Kilmarnock
at Ibrox on Saturday.
don't know how this team will react on the pitch,' said Goian. 'Our
captain has told us we will meet with the PFA to see where we stand.
WHAT THEY SAID
As players, we need to go out and
perform and give the fans
something to be happy about. It’s a difficult situation for them but we need to go out there and give them something to look forward to.
Testing times for everyone at
RFC. Great people and fans at the
club in short time I’ve been there! Sure answers and clarity will
SONE ALUKO ON TWITTER
I haven’t been told at all what is
happening and I am still trying to find out. No one at Rangers has told me what is going on. It’s a very worrying situation, especially as Rangers are still paying part of my
It’s a tragedy what has happened
at the moment. The fans are
looking for leadership and I hope
we get some leadership from
somewhere. It has all been
accelerated very quickly. I just
think it’s a huge blow.
FORMER RANGERS CAPTAIN RICHARD GOUGH
It’s very sad for Scottish football, and European football, to see such a big name (in trouble). As an ex-Rangers player, it’s very sad. It’s not the first club to get in a mess and all of Europe is a little bit like this at other clubs.
FORMER RANGERS STAR FRANK DE BOER
'We've lost 10 points in the league and I hope that will see a positive reaction from us.'
The Romanian international has formed a centre-back partnership this term with another summer arrival in Carlos Bocanegra. The former St Etienne and Fulham player echoed Goian's thoughts as he urged the players to deliver a weekend performance capable of lifting the spirits of their worried and angry fans.
'They give us excellent support and I hope that everyone still comes out to cheer us on,' said Bocanegra. 'As players, we need to go out and perform to give them something to be happy about.
'They need something at the weekend to raise the spirits, but they are all staying behind us and the support at this club has been fantastic since I've been here – and that's been a really cool experience.
'I don't see that going anywhere. The fans are pretty loyal and their roots are deep and tied in with this club.
'It's a difficult situation for them, but we need to go out there and give them something to look forward to.
'This is the time when everybody needs to stick together. There might be finger-pointing and apportioning of blame but, in the end, we are all in it together.
'We need to stick together and we'll pull through it. This club has been around for a long time and has a lot of history, so it'll be OK.
'There is a lot of support around the world, but especially here with the fan base in Glasgow.
'For them, I know it is really frustrating because, as players, we come and go. But the fans have been here for a long time so, hopefully, it works out in the best possible scenario.'
Whatever anyone might say, blocking the events of this week from their minds is patently impossible for the players ahead of their return to on-field action.
Bocanegra, though, feels the fact the game against Kilmarnock is a situation they can influence will provide some comfort.
'As a competitor, any time you go on to the field, you want to win,' he told Rangers TV.
'Everything else is out of our hands and it might sound clichd to say it, but we can't do anything about it.'
Other players used Twitter to voice their feelings, with defender Kyle Bartley responding to speculation that his loan agreement will be cancelled, causing him to return to Arsenal.
'Being told by fans I'm moving back to London Lol,' he tweeted. 'Don't even know what's happening myself. The club's the most important thing.'
Winger Sone Aluko admitted the players were no clearer than the fans about what the way ahead might be for the 54-times Scottish champions.
'Testing times for everyone at RFC,' he tweeted. 'Great people and fans at the club in short time I've been there! Sure answers and clarity will come …'