Sandy Jardine has said that Rangers have been unfairly punished for the actions of Craig Whyte and are being “kicked” by outsiders while in a weak state.
Jardine was speaking at an event promoting the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund and stated that employees at Rangers were being punished for Whyte’s actions though they were oblivious to them at the time.
The club ambassador said that harsh penalties for Rangers would hurt other clubs but also said that he would be meeting with supporters associations ahead of action against clubs they felt had been unhelpful
“It wasn’t Rangers Football Club, it was Craig Whyte who put us in this situation,” Jardine said.
“I’m still at the club, I worked under Craig Whyte and I have to say that nobody knew that he wasn’t paying bills. It was as big a shock to us as to everybody in Scottish football.
“The players did nothing wrong, the management of the club did nothing wrong, the supporters did nothing wrong and the staff did nothing wrong.
“The person that did something wrong was Craig Whyte and unfortunately he’s getting a penalty which he’s laughed off. They’ll never get the money but the people still at this club are going to have to pay a penalty because of that.
The SFA have imposed a signing embargo on the club for bringing the game into disrepute and the SPL are to consider new rules that could effect Rangers should a “newco” plan be implemented.
Jardine said that the club should be treated differently because of the club’s stature and said that the outcome had implications for other clubs, including direct action taken by Rangers supporters groups.
“I know from talking to the supporters, and the feeling within the club is, that we can’t do any more than put our case forward,” he said. “If they [the SPL and SFA] are starting to ignore us and not take it into consideration then ok, we’ll go down a division.
“Rangers are a special case mainly because of the size of the club within Scottish football and what it delivers.
“We’ll get a bit of pain, but everybody else is going to get a bit of pain too.”
He added that details of supporter’s sanctions against the unnamed clubs would be announced this weekend.
He explained: “Having gone round and met a lot of the supporters and people within the club, I think people are absolutely sick and tired of everybody having a kick at us when we’re down.
"We are going to have a meeting with all the delegates from the whole of Britain, and some of them will be flying in from abroad, on Saturday.
“Out of that, the supporters will take sanctions against clubs which we deem have been unfair to ourselves.
"I'm not going to go into the actual details but we will probably announce that after the meeting with the supporters clubs.”
"Also the Fighting Fund last night sanctioned money to fund a QC to fight the case against the SFA.
"Everybody is sick and tired of just accepting everything that everybody is throwing at us and it's about starting to fight back.
"The size of our club and the size of our supporter base, it can be a powerful weapon."
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