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Rangers urge total boycott of Tannadice tie

Rangers will refuse their allocation of tickets for the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at Tannadice in February, and have urged all supporters of the Ibrox side not to travel to the game.

There were unlikely to be many away fans, as all of Rangers' major supporters' clubs had already called for a boycott amid continuing tensions about the perceived mistreatment of the Ibrox side.

The majority of Rangers fans themselves wanted the club to be moved last summer to the Irn-Bru Third Division, rather than remain in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and be hamstrung by points deductions or fines after the club failed to emerge from administration and was subsequent sold to the consortium led by Charles Green.

However, the no-to-newco campaign among fans of other clubs, and the SPL's bid to force Rangers to accept title stripping as part of the conditions of receiving their Scottish Football Association licence, even though the club has yet to be found guilty of any registration breaches, continues to anger fans.

As soon as the Scottish Cup draw was made on Monday, fans began calling for a boycott of the game at Tannadice. Green released a statement yesterday afternoon supporting that move, and advising that Rangers would not take any tickets for the game.

"Rangers Football Club will not be taking its allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Scottish Cup match against Dundee United at Tannadice," the Ibrox chief executive said.

"This is a unanimous decision by the board, senior management and staff at Ibrox. Everyone 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. 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 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."

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