Rangers close in on deal

09 March 2012 01:22

Rangers players and administrators are closing in on a wage-reduction deal that would prevent significant redundancies.

It is understood that Scotland pair Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith have both signed an agreement to accept 75% wage cuts.

The duo were among about half a dozen players to have stalled on a deal late on Tuesday night but negotiations resumed on Thursday afternoon and an agreement was reached later in the evening.

Like the rest of the squad, they had agreed in principle to the wage cuts but wanted guarantees that their sacrifices would ensure there would be no job losses among the entire workforce.

It is understood the pair are now happy with assurances from administrators that there will be no forced redundancies.

Administrators are now understood to be pushing ahead with attempts to sign agreements with the whole squad.

Given many players had been happy with the deal several days ago, there is hope that process can be concluded on Friday.

Naismith arrived for training on Friday morning and explained his position.

Naismith told Sky Sports News: "We just want to get the best for the club, everybody at the club's doing all they can to get a solution.

"There's a lot of Rangers fans in the squad and we just want to get it fixed. Everybody's trying to come to a good conclusion and get the best for the club. Everybody wants to succeed, there's a lot of innocent people here that just want to go on with their lives and get a job at the end of the day."

Source: PA