Rangers FC tonight threw their weight behind calls by supporters for a boycott of the Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United at Tannadice next February.

In a statement issued on the club's website, chief executive Charles Green said: "Rangers Football Club will not be taking its allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Scottish Cup match against Dundee United at Tannadice."

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Mr Green went on: "This is a unanimous decision by the board, senior management and staff at Ibrox.

"Everyone at this club is dismayed at the actions of certain SPL clubs, which were actively engaged in trying to harm Rangers when we were in a perilous situation and we are acutely aware of their attitude to us.

"Not all clubs who voted against Rangers returning to the SPL fall into that category and indeed we made Motherwell very welcome when we played them at Ibrox in the League Cup competition recently.

“However, feelings remain very raw and it should be no surprise that we as a club feel this way.

"It is unsurprising too that there has been a reaction from our supporters to this particular fixture.

"The last thing we as a club want to do is to compromise security arrangements for any match.

"I therefore appeal to all fans not to travel to this match and to Dundee United not to sell tickets to Rangers supporters.

"Our only regret is that this turn of events will not assist Ally McCoist and the team in what will be a very difficult fixture.

"We should make clear that the club, the manager and the players all look forward to a situation where Rangers fans attend every match to support the team. The fans are our greatest asset."

Rangers, who were knocked out of the competition by United twice in the three years before they were consigned to liquidation, have fallen to Second Division Queen of the South and Inverness in the other cup competitions this season, but did beat Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

United earlier refused to comment on reports of a possible fans' boycott, with some Rangers fans believing Stephen Thompson, the chairman at Tannadice, was an influential figure in their demotion to the Irn-Bru Third Division.

It is understood United have a board meeting tomorrow with the issue on the agenda.

Mr Green added that Rangers season ticket holders should note that their participation in the continuous credit card scheme and position in any subsequent ballots will be unaffected by this decision.

Similarly, supporters clubs should not that their ticket grading will remain completely unaffected.