Davis, McGregor join Rangers exodus
Steven Davis, the man who captained Rangers through four months of administration, and long-serving goalkeeper Allan McGregor are among the players looking for a new club after the ranks of the Ibrox exodus swelled to eight.
Davis, McGregor, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness have joined Rhys McCabe, Sone Aluko, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker in declining the opportunity to switch their contracts over to Charles Green's newco club.
Green had initially threatened players with legal action for breach of contract if they left Ibrox but PFA Scotland's lawyers have expressed belief the football authorities would back their stance that they are all free agents.
The players are all entitled to object to the transfer of their contracts under TUPE employment law and chose to do so amid growing uncertainty over the level the club will be playing at next season and amid unanswered questions over the make-up and funding of Green's consortium.
Rangers could not afford to pay their squad last season without chairman Craig Whyte withholding tax payments before they went into administration in March, and without securing a deal that saw players accept wage cuts of up to 75% afterwards.
Green would have needed significant investment to pay them all next season but any hope he may have had of receiving transfer fees now looks slim.
Bridge Litigation confirmed letters of objection had been sent to the club along with requests to the SFA to release the players' registrations.
A statement read: "Bridge Litigation UK have shared with the players the contents of legal guidance issued by the SFA last week on the issue of TUPE and player registration and which they state supports their legal view that an objection under TUPE amounts to a lawful termination of contract giving the club no entitlement to a claim for compensation."
Lawyer Margaret Gribbon added: "The players' commitment and loyalty to oldco Rangers cannot be questioned; they voluntarily took significant wage cuts in a genuine act of solidarity which ensured that none of the playing squad or club staff would lose their jobs.
"As professional footballers, the players' careers are relatively short-lived and they are entitled to exercise basic employment rights the law affords to all employees in this country under the TUPE Regulations. I now expect the SFA and FIFA to interpret their rules and regulations in accordance with the TUPE legislation so that the players' registrations can be released without delay."