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SCOTLAND: Outpouring of support for troubled Rangers

[Posted 17 Feb 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Craig Whyte, owner of Glasgow Rangers. His crisis-hit club has recevied support all around

Glasgow Rangers, Scottish fotball giants and former champions who have gone into administration due to their financial troubles, have received suport from politicians and even the administrators themselves.

For going into administration, Rangers were docked 10 points, leaving them 14 points behind Scottish Premier League leaders and arch-rivals Celtic. Ranges however remain second in the SPL, but their chances of winning the title are all but doomed following the points deductions 

British Primer Minister David Cameron has come out in full support of the survial of the Glasgow-based club and has hoped that the club stays up. 

"I want that club to survive and to thrive," The British Premier told the BBC on a visit to Scotland.

"It has an extraordinary history, it has a very special place in many people's hearts in Scotland and no one wants to see that club disappear.

"So, I hope that HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the British tax authority) will work as closely as they can with the administrators to try to solve the problems, to try to resolve the issues."

Even, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has lent his suport for the crisis-hit Glasgow giants.

"They've got to have cognisance of the fact that we're talking about a huge institution, part of the fabric of the Scottish nation, as well as Scottish football, and everybody realises that," Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party told Al Jazeera English.

Responding to suggestions from Celtic that the SPL can survive without Rangers, Salmond had this to say:

"The most die-hard Celtic supporter understands that Celtic can't prosper unless Rangers are there. The rest of the clubs understand that as well."

The joint administrators  Paul Clark and David Whitehouse have issued a joint statement assuring the Rangers fans that their favourite club still has a future in the SPL.

"In broad terms, supporters can be reassured that Rangers will continue as a football club.  "And we hope to reach a stage as soon as possible where the club can emerge from administration," their statement said.

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