Duo join list of wantaway players
John Fleck and Juan Manuel Ortiz have added to the steady stream of players leaving Ibrox after objecting to the transfer of their contracts from Rangers to Charles Green's newco.
The pair joined Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Jamie Ness, Kyle Lafferty, Rhys McCabe, Sone Aluko, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker to make it 10 leaving the club so far. Fleck spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackpool and was reported to be frustrated over a lack of contact from Green.
"I also act for John Fleck and can confirm that a letter of objection has been sent to the club along with requests to the SFA to release the player's registration," employment lawyer Margaret Gribbon of Bridge Litigation said.
It is understood Ortiz, who is not represented by Bridge, has also submitted a letter of objection. The Spaniard signed for Rangers last summer but returned on loan to Almeria in January. So far only Lee McCulloch, Lee Wallace and Kyle Hutton have confirmed they will stay at Ibrox ahead of the return to pre-season training on Thursday.
Dorin Goian's agent has indicated the Romanian will stay even if he has to drop a division, however it is very possible the team will have to play in the Irn-Bru Third Division next season.
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.
Rangers legend Sandy Jardine, who spent 17 years as a player at the club and still works behind the scenes, has accused those players who are aiming to leave Ibrox for free of greed.
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.
"I am dismayed and disappointed by the actions of the players," he told Rangers TV. "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."