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Green in talks over Gers' Euro debts

Charles Green is jetting to Switzerland in an attempt to negotiate a settlement with UEFA over the £3 million owed by Rangers to European clubs.

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Green - whose newco Rangers must begin their footballing life in the Scottish Third Division - will travel to Athens, where he intends to hold talks about organising a friendly with Olympiakos at Ibrox, before arriving in Zurich.

Rangers are currently in negotiations with the Scottish Football Association for the newco to gain membership of Scottish football's governing body.

Green told Sky Sports News: "Part of the conditions for the newco to meet SFA membership is that there are certain old club debts to European clubs.

"It is not inconsiderable - it is about £3million that has been accumulated as part of the historical baggage."

He said the newco was having to "suffer the sins of the fathers" but added: "What I want to go and say to these [European] clubs, as well as UEFA, is that we are here for the long haul - we want to be honourable.

"We are people who face up to responsibility, but we want some help in meeting these because we do want to get Rangers back to the top of the pile and, when we do get back into Europe - whether it's five or ten years or 20 years - we want to walk back with our heads held high."

He said he also wanted the clubs and UEFA "to recognise these are not my debts, this is a gesture" and for them "to work with us where we can come to some amicably agreeable settlement and move forward together as friends".

Green said he felt there had been a change in attitude towards him from Rangers fans, revealing that supporters could eventually own up to 50% of the club.

"I am trying to do a job that rescues Rangers for the fans and for the people who own this club," he explained. "The opportunity [for part ownership] is there - we will have fulfilled our promise to fans, and that is the next step."

Green's Rangers colleagues are continuing talks with the SFA to go through other potential stipulations of membership for the newco.

He has revealed that he may have to take on the transfer embargo and £160,000 fine imposed on Rangers before he bought the club's assets.

An SFA statement read: "Now that the Scottish Football League have made a conditional acceptance of Rangers FC in Irn Bru Division Three, we will now consider the club's application for membership transfer this week.

"The Scottish FA has been in dialogue with Rangers FC in respect of the outstanding disciplinary sanction. Again, now that the club's status has been confirmed by the SPL and SFL, we will consider the award of transfer once Rangers FC satisfy the necessary criteria."

Andy Kerr, the president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, hit out at the SFA, saying fans "cannot tolerate any more sanctions".

"It is a total farce that the membership discussions are taking place at this stage anyway, but there is a feeling in a lot of quarters that it has almost become vindictive," he said.

"Losing most of our first-team players is bad enough, but to go into the Third Division with our arms and legs tied together does not bear thinking about.

"We would urge the SFA to give us a favourable decision and allow us to get on with playing football and trying to get back to where we were."

Meanwhile, Brechin have confirmed that the Rangers newco's debut will take place at Glebe Park in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup - if the new club secures SFA membership.

A Brechin statement said: "The club has now received confirmation from the Scottish Football League and Tayside Police that the Ramsdens Cup tie with Rangers will be held at Glebe Park, Brechin on Saturday, July 28, with a 3pm kick-off."

Glebe Park, which has a hedge running along one side of the pitch, has a capacity of 3,960 fans, with 1,519 seated.


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