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  1. Pedro Mendes has retired.
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  3. RANGERS boss Ally McCoist faces a hectic dash to rebuild his threadbare squad after Charles Green’s newco accepted the SFA’s 12-month transfer embargo. The signing ban will start on September 1, giving McCoist just 42 days to acquire enough new players to take the club through to the January transfer window of 2014. And he made his first move by opening talks with Dean Shiels, below, who is out of contract after leaving Kilmarnock. It’s understood former Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings is also on McCoist’s radar, along with ex-Hearts playmaker Ian Black. All three are ready to play in the Third Division providing they can agree terms and are given long-term contracts. Dundee United trio Robbie Neilson, Scott Robertson and Garry Kenneth could also be targets for McCoist. The Ibrox side expect to lose top earners such as Carlos Bocanegra, Kirk Broadfoot and Maurice Edu, with the latter a target for Valencia. Green’s newco Ibrox outfit last night moved a significant step closer to securing their SFA membership, following four days of negotiations with the governing body, although the Light Blues have not signed an agreement. Club chairman Malcolm Murray said: “The choice is stark – take sanctions or risk not playing football at all. We do not wish to gamble with the club’s future so, under duress, we have taken the difficult decision to accept some sanctions in order to move forward.” The Gers have accepted sanctions that were applied to the oldco, including the transfer ban and a £160,000 fine imposed after ex-owner Craig Whyte was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. McCoist will now sit down with the Ibrox hierarchy to thrash out details of the players he needs as they begin life in the Third Division following the departure of Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness, who received provisional international clearance from FIFA last night. The fifth player to refuse to transfer to the newco, Steven Davis, above, was still awaiting word on his clearance. The SFA were also seeking clarity on who is involved in Green’s Sevco consortium, with regards to financial backers and shareholders. In a statement they said: “The SFA has received the financial information requested. “The imposition of conditions relating to transfer of membership was made on the basis that the SFA, as the governing body, has an obligation to protect the integrity of the national game and to ensure that all member clubs operate within the Articles of Association.”
  5. Richard Wilson ‏@Richwilsport Most Rangers players want to stay, they just don't trust, and so will not bow down to, Green/Zeus
  6. JEAN-ALAIN BOUMSONG last night offered to return to Rangers on a cut-price contract if it helps Walter Smith resurrect the club. The French defender is so keen to go back to his crisis-ravaged former club he’s even proposed a deal that would see him paid almost half his wages in future shares of the Ibrox newco. Boumsong made the incredible gesture in an interview with Record Sport here at Euro 2012, where he’s a TV pundit for Al Jazeera. Now 32 and at Greek giants Panathinaikos – who are going through a financial meltdown of their own – he spoke of his shock at Rangers’ liquidation and distress over EBT payments. services And after learning legendary figure Smith was attempting to rescue the club by spearheading an attempted leadership coup to hijack the Charles Green takeover, Boumsong was quick to offer his own services. With Rangers continuing to contest a 12-month signing ban, the ex-Newcastle and Juventus defender said: “I only played for Rangers for six months but it was a fantastic time for me. “If I had the opportunity to go back to Rangers I would do so right away. “I’m doing well at Panathinaikos – we finished high enough to reach the Champions League qualifiers. It’s a big club but Rangers are bigger. My contract ends next season. I have another year but I’m almost free as the club has some big financial problems. “Greece is a difficult place right now, we haven’t been paid for months. It’s hard times, I need to feed my family. “But if I’d the opportunity to go back to Rangers it would not be a question of money as I know they are struggling.” Boumsong says he’d play for almost half what he’s worth in return for a stake in the business – and insists he wouldn’t do it for any other club. He added: “I don’t know the latest situation on whether Rangers can sign any new players but I know Walter Smith is trying to buy the club. “Everyone knows who he is, he has Rangers in his heart and that’s what Rangers needs. “I feel that way too so maybe we could talk, why not? Maybe part of my salary could be given to me in shares. “Instead of 100 per cent I could take 60 and the 40 be paid in shares of the new company. “I am still fit and believe I can play for another two or three years at a high level. “Rangers have some rich supporters in Scotland. Why has it taken until now for them to bring their money together? “Anyone else who loves the club has to do what they can to help.”
  7. Djokovic beats Federer 6-4 7-5 6-3 He will play Nadal in the final on Sunday
  8. RANGERS have been sold at last after a deal was agreed with a consortium led by ex-footie chief Charles Green. An announcement is expected today — 88 days since the stricken Glasgow giants plunged into administration. As Green prepared to take over from owner Craig Whyte a source said: “It was a long time coming.” The ex-Sheffield United chief executive and his wealthy backers have struck a deal to buy the stricken club from Craig Whyte for a pound. The agreement will bring an end to a takeover saga which began more than three months ago when Whyte put Gers in administration with multi-million-pound debts. Last night a source said: “This deal has been a long time coming and hopefully the business of rebuilding Rangers can begin. “Hopefully, this will end all the uncertainty and the long road to recovery can begin.” It is understood the bulk of the agreement was thrashed out in the early hours of yesterday morning. Green, 59, was finalising details with administrators Duff and Phelps last night and hopes to make the deal public today on the final day of the SPL season. The insider said: “Everything is pretty much in place and unless there is a spectacular collapse he will be the new owner of Rangers. “The fact that Whyte agreed to hand over his shares for a pound made the process a hell of a lot smoother.” Motherwell-born tycoon Whyte, 40 — who bought the club from Sir David Murray for a quid last May — has agreed to sell his 85 per cent shareholding back for the same amount. It is understood Green has penned a purchase agreement for the 140-year-old club. The former Blades supremo has pulled together a host of UK football investors — and has also been given a financial boost from a wealthy Singapore family. Once the ink dries on the contract he will try to agree a CVA with creditors — who include Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. It is understood he does NOT want to liquidate the club. The source — who is close to the talks — added: “The deal had to be concluded this weekend to have enough time to agree a CVA with the list of creditors. “The consortium is confident this can be done but, for some reason, if it fails, they have a back-up plan. “However, they want the club to exit administration through a CVA and they are not planning for liquidation.” Green won the race to snap up Rangers after a number of failed buy-outs. The Blue Knights led by former Gers director Paul Murray were always in the running but a lack of cash saw their bid peter out. Millionaire Brian Kennedy could not help their offer — even with his financial muscle. A German-led group expressed an interest at the beginning along with US-based Club 9 Sports but both pulled out. Singaporean businessman Bill Ng looked a likely buyer at one point but failed to stump up the cash — although he has again expressed an interest. And last week US tow-truck tycoon Bill Miller withdrew his offer after blaming hostility from disgruntled Light Blues fans and unimpressive financial books. The source added: “A lot of people have made noises about buying Rangers but they have not put up the cash. “This bid has the money behind it and there is enough to try to please the creditors. “The Blue Knights bid fell WELL short. I think they were trying to derail all the bids so they would have been the only people left.” Green had a mixed stint at Sheffield United before becoming chairman of footie agency Proactive Sports — which once had Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole and Stan Collymore on its books. But Green left Proactive in 2003 and went on to hold a number of directorships at medical science firms. He is currently involved with a Singapore-based mining services company. It is thought Green — who has been in talks with Whyte for the last two weeks — will act as interim chief executive. He wants to rebuild the club with Ally McCoist, below, staying as manager. Paul Whitehouse, of Duff and Phelps, confirmed yesterday that Green and his consortium were close to a takeover. He said yesterday: “Charles Green is at a very advanced stage. “He’s backed by a venture capital fund and there are some relatively high-profile football people in his bid team.” Meanwhile, Kennedy has backed Green — as long as he lives up to his promises. He said: “If Charles Green is the right man to take it forward, credible and he is going to save Rangers then we will absolutely get 100 per cent behind him, but the administrators and the media need to make sure that this is a credible bidder and is good for the future of Rangers. “I keep saying this is not about owning Rangers, it is about saving it, and I would be quite happy. If Charles Green is the right person to save it then we should all get behind it.” Read more:
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  10. ALLY McCOIST has admitted Steven Naismith could pull on a Rangers jersey again before the season is out. The versatile midfielder is making excellent progress after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage against Aberdeen at Pittodrie less than six months ago. He has been back outside running again and with more than four weeks until the SPL campaign ends, there is a small chance he could play prior to the summer break. Naismith spent this afternoon having a routine scan done on the injury as Gers continue to monitor him. Now McCoist holds hope the former Kilmarnock star could get some minutes under his belt between now and the game with St Johnstone on May 13 at McDiarmid Park. But he maintains he will only field Naismith if the club's medical staff give the Scotland international the green light to return to action. McCoist told Blues News: "Stevie is doing really well and he was going for a scan today just to check up on his knee and make sure everything is ok. "He's coming along really nicely but there is no point in rushing anything at the moment with the end of the season coming. "With that said, I would nice to see if Naisy maybe could get a game in somewhere, although we'd obviously take advice from the medical team on that. "For his own peace of mind, if nothing else, it would be good if he could get 45 minutes somewhere and then he could go away and have a holiday knowing he is absolutely fine. "It's not a disaster if that doesn't happen though and if he comes back in pre-season instead we will be fine with that. "The one thing about Steven is he trains and works exceptionally hard all the time, whether he is training or coming back from an injury. "He's got that kind of attitude and mental strength that always gives you a chance of coming back that little bit earlier when you're out."
  11. The game is on Rangers TV if anyone can't make it.