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Naismith and Whittaker claim they are both free agents

The saga goes on and on for fans of what used to be Rangers Football Club.

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RANGERS DUO STEVEN NAISMITH and Steven Whittaker are in dispute with the beleaguered Scottish outfit, insisting they are now free agents after the formation of a new club.

The Glasgow side claimed that, following liquidation, the transfer of all players contracts had taken place.

They warned that any players contesting the move would face legal action, something that came in the wake of reported concerns from Rhys McCabe and Sone Aluko.

However, now lawyers acting for Naismith and Whittaker – arguably Rangers’ two most pivotal players – say that the duo are seeking new employers.

A statement from Simon Catto of HBJ Gateley said: “Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker are formally intimating their objection to becoming employed by the transferee in accordance with Regulations 4(7) and 4(9) of the TUPE Regulations.

“Accordingly, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker will not be attending for training or any other meeting next week and consider themselves to be under no contractual obligations to any party.

“They consider they are not employed by any party and are free to consider any employment options they wish.”

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