Rangers’ away tickets boycott of their William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United at Tannadice took a fresh twist yesterday when the Ibrox club declared they will donate any gate receipts from the fifth round tie to charity.
The club this week announced they would not sell any tickets for the fifth-round clash and urged fans not to travel to Tannadice after supporters groups called for a boycott of the 2 February game, which will now be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The decision, and possible ramifications, was due to be examined by the Scottish Football Association board yesterday, although no details of any discussion had been made public last night.
In a statement, Rangers chief executive Charles 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 fans’ groups were united in boycotting the tie
after claiming United were integral to the decision to reject the newco club’s application to join the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Many Rangers supporters had stayed away from Tannadice in December 2009 after United charged admission to a match that had been rescheduled after the initial fixture was abandoned at half-time.
Relations between the clubs were also strained in February when United were not paid money due for their Scottish Cup clash in Govan, nine days before oldco Rangers went into administration. United were owed £66,000 when Rangers were consigned to liquidation.