Scottish football: Rangers revealed today that they will donate any gate receipts from their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Dundee United to charity.
The Ibrox club have backed a fan boycott of the match on February 2, much to the fury of the Tannadice club, who asked Rangers to waive their right to 40 per cent of the gate.
Rangers chief executive Charles Green confirmed today that the request was rejected and said that any monies collected would go to good causes.
Green said: “The club was contacted by Dundee United requesting us to waive our rights to the share of the gate under cup competition rule 46(c). This was declined.
“It has been decided by the board that any proceeds from gate receipts due to the club will be donated to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Brick by Brick Appeal and Erskine charities via the Rangers Charity Foundation.”
Rangers’s decision not to sell tickets for the match was being discussed by SFA chiefs today.
Under competition rules, Rangers are entitled to 40 per cent of the gate receipts regardless of whether their fans attend the match.
Rangers fan groups claim United played a key role in reject the newco club’s application to join the Scottish Premier League.
There is also lingering anger among Gers supporters, who told to pay for a rearranged game three years ago after their initial fixture at Tannadice was postponed halfway through due to a waterlogged pitch.
Earlier this week, when explaining the club’s decision to refuse tickets, Green said: “Everyone at this club is dismayed at the actions of certain SPL clubs, which were actively engaged in trying to harm Rangers when we were in a perilous situation, and we are acutely aware of their attitude to us.”