Jardine blasts wantaway players
Rangers legend Sandy Jardine has accused the eight players who are aiming to leave Ibrox for free of greed after they refused to transfer their contracts to Charles Green's newco.
Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Sone Aluko and Rhys McCabe have confirmed their objections to switching to the Sevco company.
Jardine - who spent 17 years as a player at Rangers and still works behind the scenes at the club - told RangersTV: "I am dismayed and disappointed by the actions of the eight players."
John Fleck and Juan Manuel Ortiz are both reportedly set to follow suit, with Lee McCulloch and Lee Wallace the only players so far who have indicated they will report back as planned for pre-season training tomorrow.
Green has threatened players with legal action for breach of contract but PFA Scotland's lawyers last night expressed belief that the football authorities would back their stance that they are all free agents under TUPE employment regulations.
Some have cited uncertainty over which division Rangers will play in next season and lack of information about Green and his investors as reasons for their decision.
However, Jardine is angry that players are opting to walk away for free after negotiating clauses into their contracts in March that would allow them to leave for reduced transfer fees in return for accepting wage cuts of up to 75% until the end of the season.
Jardine added: "You have to say that if the players were up front and honest you would respect them more. What they have done is seen an opportunity - whether it is them or their agents - to maximise their income.
"The players took a salary sacrifice but for that they got clauses in their contracts which would allow them to leave on rock bottom prices if clubs came in for them. I have to be honest and I think the players have used our predicament to their gain.
"Ally McCoist gave a statement last week where he asked the players not to kid anyone on and to be up front and honest with the supporters."