Rangers fight back against latest legal threat from controversial Celtic tour
The organisers of the controversial Australian tour want £1.6million in compensation after the Light Blues pulled out of friendly matches against Celtic and Western Sydney Wanderers, which were instead played by Everton earlier in November.
The Hoops had announced the tour “unexpectedly early” on 1 March, which was immediately unpopular with Gers fans, before the club subsequently pulled out citing issues with organisation, and while both sides are now suing each other there is currently not thought to be a threat to the balance sheet at Ibrox.
Reporting on Twitter on Tuesday morning (29 November) McFarlane wrote: “Rangers are indeed being sued by the Sydney Super Cup but the club have launched a counter-suit against the organisers over various issues. This situation isn’t new and has been ongoing for many months.”
In the full story for Rangers Review he added: “Sources suggest there’s disappointment over lost fees amid what is perceived to be various failures by the organisers.
“Those close to the Govan side are confident of their position and are not expecting to have associated costs hit the club’s balance sheet.”
The news comes on top of reports that Elite Sports Group are suing the club for £9.5million over an alleged contract breach relating to kit sales [Scottish Daily Express, 23 November].
Here we go again
There’s never a dull moment at Ibrox even though the fans might sometimes hope for one every now and then.
While Michael Beale has only just arrived to attempt to rescue things on the pitch, there is another financial concern to keep an eye on.
It at least sounds like in this case there isn’t a huge amount of worry about the potential consequences, so it doesn’t appear to be a major threat at this stage, even if it is another distraction the Bears could do without.
The ill-fated involvement in the Sydney Super Cup was a mess from the start, with Celtic outmanoeuvring the Ibrox board from a PR standpoint, and fans reacting furiously.
If the organisational issues were bad enough for Rangers to pull out then it was further proof that they never should have joined it in the first place, in what came across to supporters as a support act on Ange Postecoglou’s homecoming tour.
And given the turmoil surrounding the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and arrival of Beale once the World Cup break eventually came around it is a good thing the club weren’t due to travel to the other side of the planet at the same time.
In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson has put himself squarely on the hot seat with his moves in the past week.