Rangers fan group threatens away game boycott

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The Rangers Supporters Trust threatens to call for a fan boycott of all away fixtures.

A Rangers fan group has threatened to call for a boycott of the club's away fixtures if proposals to change the SPL rules on financial fair play are passed.

Plans to impose stricter sanctions on teams that enter administration are currently being discussed, which could see the Glasgow giants docked 10 points for two consecutive seasons.

The Rangers Supporters Trust said in a statement that it will advise supporters not to travel to any away matches should a majority of SPL clubs vote in favour of the new measures.

"The board of the Rangers Supporters Trust, like other fans of the club, are not in the least surprised by the actions and timing of the SPL decision to vote on rule changes which has now further delayed a future takeover of Rangers," reads the statement.

"Given the severity of the possible sanctions, and their impact on any club who may also fall on hard times through mismanagement, it leaves us little option to give serious consideration of calling for a boycott of away fixtures by Rangers fans next season; specifically targeting those clubs who have rushed through the proposals to punish our club with these excessive and draconian penalties.

"We will discuss this in the near future with our sister organisations the Rangers Supporters Association and Assembly to maximise impact and collate ideas on how a boycott could be facilitated if deemed necessary.

"There appears to be a change in attitude within our support and a unified determination not seen before as we again see another attempt to persecute our club whilst we are at our most vulnerable.

"It may also be important to consider how these severe penalties, currently aimed at one club in particular, will impact future league and club sponsorship and have a secondary impact on all clubs reducing the stature of Scottish football as a whole.

"With this in mind we will contact several of the main sponsors to seek their thoughts on how these sanctions would affect their level of investment given the obvious inevitable decreasing level of competitiveness in the SPL in future."

The proposed changes also include sterner punishments for clubs that fail to pay their players on time or meet obligations to pay tax. Newco teams would also be deducted 75% of league-generated revenue for three years.

SPL clubs with vote on the proposals on April 30. If passed, they will come into play on May 14.

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