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Rangers players Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker have objected to a transfer of their contracts

Updated: Sunday, 24 Jun 2012 17:53 | Comments

Steven Naismith believes he is now a free agent
Steven Naismith believes he is now a free agent

Rangers players Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker have objected to the transfer of their contracts to the newco club, issuing statements through their lawyers claiming they are now free agents.

Rangers claim the transfer of all player contracts have already taken place, warning last night that any players disputing the move could face legal action in the wake of reported objections from Rhys McCabe and Sone Aluko.

But today lawyers acting for Scotland internationals Naismith and Whittaker said their clients would not report for training with Rangers and are seeking new clubs.

A statement from Simon Catto of HBJ Gateley said: "Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker are formally intimating their objection to becoming employed by the transferee in accordance with Regulations 4(7) and 4(9) of the TUPE Regulations.

"Accordingly, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker will not be attending for training or any other meeting next week and consider themselves to be under no contractual obligations to any party.

"They consider they are not employed by any party and are free to consider any employment options they wish."

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