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TURKISH giants Trabzonspor are preparing to offer Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu an escape route from Ibrox.

Edu has made 125 appearances for the Glasgow giants and has won three SPL titles and two League Cups since Walter Smith signed the USA international from Toronto FC for £2m in 2008.

However, the 26-year-old had a £300,000 get-out clause inserted in his contract when he and his high-earning team-mates agreed to a 75% wage cut so that Rangers could pay their way until the end of the season after being plunged into administration.

Trabzonspor will be a seeded team in the play-off round for the Europa League after finish third in Turkey last season and finished third in Group B of the Champions League last season in spite of losing only one of their six matches and beating Inter Milan in the San Siro.

The only certainty surrounding Rangers at the moment is that they won’t be playing in Europe next season – and that could test Edu’s loyalty.

"I've been able to play in the Champions League now and once you get a taste of it you want to play in it more and more,” said Edu on Monday."Hopefully, Rangers are playing at the top level in Europe again soon but the way things are going right now it may take a while.”

Trabzonspor are hoping that the lure of Continental competition (plus an improvement on his weekly wage at Ibrox) will persuade him to move to the Huseyin Avni Aker stadium.

Trabzonspor are managed by Senol Gunes, the coach who guided Turkey to third place at the World Cup finals in Japan 10 years ago and he wants to Edu to join former Spurs and Seville hard man Didier Zakora and Poland’s Euro 2012 star Adrian Mierzejewski in their midfield.


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Certainly won't be the last headline along those lines that we see this summer. But as the article says, it is a test of loyalty. There could be a million reasons to leave Rangers this summer, and I really wouldn't judge anyone that does. The players that are here next season are the ones who genuinely want to be here, and that's what will mean the most to me anyway.

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See these fucking shitey transfer fee clauses ? Fucking hell, we would have been aswell as selling them all in January and playing 16 year olds til the end of the season.

If Whyte had had his way we probably wouldn't even have had the 16 year olds in January!

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With the experience of Kenny & Boyd, I don't think Edu will leave, for some perverse reason he appears to love living in Glasgow <cr>

I think players have wised up to their promises, I think he likes it here and would take a premiership or top championship club at very least to make him even consider leaving.

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have these so called clauses been activated?

i was of the opinion that if the players wages returned to normal and whyte was out the picture these clauses would not count.

has there been any actual word about the nature and circumstances of the clauses. surely it wasnt just take a pay cut for 3 months and we will knock 3/4 off your price tag. surely d&p would not of accepted that as it severely reduces the value of the club and affects any returns creditors would get.

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Was it not mentioned to begin with that only a handfull (3-4) who would be on the 75% cuts. It seems in the media eye that it is every player.

Also who keeps leaking the release amounts...I think the press are constantly fishing here!

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The players say all these great things about the club. Why dont they wave their ridiculously low get out clauses... thats if they are even active...

From what Naismith said to the guy on Twitter the clauses dont matter to much as the player can choose to stay with us anyway but they were put in place as insurance against both Whyte and liquidation.

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