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Rangers board take aim at the Scottish FA

Statement from board questions SFA’s “unwillingness” to address violent attacks on Rangers players.

Rangers v Hibernian - William Hill Scottish Cup Final Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty

Rangers’ directors have this evening released a statement on the club’s website following the charges issued by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer.

RANGERS’ Directors are shocked at the charges issued by the Scottish FA’s Compliance Officer in the wake of the pitch invasion at the end of the Scottish Cup final last May.

It is alarming that the governance of Scottish football is so lacking that it is impossible for the Scottish FA to guarantee the safety of footballers at the country’s showpiece event. The SFA is either unwilling or is powerless when it comes to taking the appropriate punitive action against the offenders.

A number of Rangers players were assaulted by Hibernian supporters in broad daylight on the Hampden surface and a repeat of this must be avoided at all costs. That should have been the priority of the SFA. Yet, the governing body insists it is not within its remit to issue any charges let alone punishments for such violent and dangerous misconduct. Instead of player and supporter safety they have placed all their emphasis and importance on the monetary value of a set of goalposts, pieces of turf, and advertising boards.

Rangers Directors will take time to consider an appropriate and more comprehensive response to redress our grievances but for the moment the board fully endorses the incredulity and anger of all Rangers supporters.

There isn’t much more we can add to this in all honesty. The board have been criticised by sections of the support over their handling of the Scottish Cup final aftermath but this statement should go a long way to re-affirming the club’s stance on the shameful scenes which marred May’s showpiece game.