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The players from Glasgow Rangers agreed to take a temporary wage cut in order to prevent the club from going bankrupt and to ensure that none of the players or other personnel at the club would lose their job.

 

‘The players made the best of a bad situation’, Fraser Wishart reacts. The chief executive of the Scottish professional footballers’ association (PFA Scotland) has been highly involved with the tough negotiations and long discussions about the players’ and the club’s future.

 

‘As a players’ union, we are not happy that the players have taken a pay cut. But we are happy that we were able to secure the contracts and the jobs of the players and all other personnel at Rangers. This was a unique situation given the size and the history of the club.’

 

The situation at Rangers was critical. The club that has won 54 League championships in its 140-year history, went into administration on February 14th. In order to drastically cut the costs and to be able to finish the season, the administrator in charge needed to cut into the wage bill. He urged the players to agree to a substantial wage cut.

 

Wishart: ‘If the players did not agree, the administrator threatened to terminate the contracts of 10 to 20 players. We did not want any of the players’ contracts terminated. It was a very difficult decision. In the end most of the players took a 75 percent pay cut for the next three months. This agreement ends on 31 May.’

 

Before agreeing to this pay cut, the PFA Scotland and the players secured that all of the 170 people that are working within the club would keep their job. ‘The players showed that they cared about the club. They wanted the club to survive. Many times players have been portrayed as non-caring stars, with big houses, big cars, big contracts. These players proved that they really wanted the club to survive. Their sacrifice saved jobs throughout the club.’

 

Wishart praised the experienced players in the squad. ‘The senior players have kept a solidarity within the dressing room allied to a deep care for those employed elsewhere within the company. Many of them have been playing with each other for many years. They did not want the administrator to decide that Player A needed to leave, Player B could stay and Player C’s contract would be terminated. They stuck together as a squad.’