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Monday, July 9, 2012
SFA denies clearance to ex-Gers players

ESPN staff

The Scottish FA has not granted international clearance for the transfers of five players who declined to move their contracts from the old to the "newco" Rangers and found other clubs.

The latest twist in a summer of turmoil and uncertainty around the Ibrox club means FIFA is likely to grant temporary clearance for the quintet while it considers a final and definitive ruling on the situation.

With Charles Green's Rangers seeking compensation for players moving away, the SFA declined to grant clearance for the transfers of Steven Naismith to Everton, Steven Whittaker to Norwich, Steven Davis to Southampton, Kyle Lafferty to Sion or Jamie Ness to Stoke.

A club signing a player requests clearance through its own football association, which then contacts the association representing the country played in by the player being signed, but this scenario is complicated by the "newco" Rangers not yet being members of the Scottish FA.

And although Green is attempting to secure compensation for players moving on, the 11 to have left Rangers in the summer were advised by players' union lawyers that the situation makes them free agents.

The "newco" owner, however, claims the players are in breach of contract and wrote to clubs in the English leagues to inform them that this was how he saw the situation.

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