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Aug, 15, 2012

Dundee United: Gers owe us money

Dundee United say they are still owed money by Rangers, contradicting claims by Ibrox chief executive Charles Green that the newco has paid all debts to Scottish clubs.

United have released a statement in which they said: "Following recent press reports and consequent follow-up enquiries, Dundee United confirm that the outstanding sums due from the Scottish Cup tie played at Ibrox Stadium last season have still not been paid.

"This matter now rests with the football authorities, and no further comment will be made by the club."

United were owed £65,981 in receipts from the cup game, played in February, shortly before Rangers went into administration, at the time the Rangers oldco was liquidated in the summer.

All debts were effectively written off when Green's offer to creditors was rejected in June - but when his new company bought the assets and business of the club it was forced to accept liability for football debts as a condition of securing the transfer of Scottish Football Association membership.

Earlier this week, Green said: "As of now, Rangers do not owe other Scottish clubs a penny. These debts were incurred prior to the club going into administration, and there was no obligation on the consortium buying the club to pick them up.

"From the outset, I have made it clear that I firmly believe the correct thing for the club to do is settle these football debts as a priority, and we kept our word. That is what we have done, and substantial funds were lodged with the SFA 10 days ago to be discharged to settle the outstanding debts.

"Furthermore, the club was given a written commitment from the SPL in May that it would settle an outstanding debt to Dundee Utd.

"It was frustrating to be informed by the SFA, several days after they received the funds, that they did not wish to be a 'clearing house' and in fact wanted us to settle the debts directly. Arrangements were then put in place by the club."

Green's comments came after Rangers were criticised for signing players from SPL outfits while other clubs were owed money.

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