Kevin Kyle: Rangers’ fourth tier wages ‘laughable’

FORMER Rangers striker Kevin Kyle has claimed most of the Ibrox club’s under-performing players are only there for big wages.

Kevin Kyle opened up about his time at Rangers in the bottom tier of Scottish football. Picture: Robert Perry
Kevin Kyle opened up about his time at Rangers in the bottom tier of Scottish football. Picture: Robert Perry

Kyle, 33 - who signed a one-year deal with the Gers in August 2012, but left by mutual consent in March 2013 after just eight appearances - told the BBC Sportsound programme that some of his team-mates during the 2012-13 season were earning more than £400,000 a year, while the club was in the bottom tier of Scottish football.

He said: “The majority of players who are there at Rangers are there for one reason and one reason only. And that’s the money that was on offer to them.”

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The club’s playing budget has been drastically reduced in the two seasons since Rangers played in what was then the Scottish Third Division after a raft of financial difficulties.

And in recent weeks, manager Ally McCoist has handed in his notice and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has given the club £3 million over two loans.

The club and Ashley were this week issued with notices of complaint from the Scottish FA.

But Kyle believes the de-motivating effect of the high wages he experienced is still a problem at Rangers.


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He added: “I look back and I regret going to Rangers as maybe it was the downfall of my career.

“I spent six months with Rangers and, within a year of moving to Ayr, I decided to chuck it in as I just lost all interest in it. I’m sure there are a few guys there who are fed up.”

Kyle told the programme that he thought the quality of opponents outside the top flight would have dragged the Rangers players down a level.

“My memory of Rangers is playing in front of 50,000 fans against the big teams, but this time around it is playing for Glasgow Rangers at Stirling Albion in front of a few hundred people,” the former Hearts striker said.

“For me, it was a great thing playing for Rangers, but what we were playing against every week never got me going. It didn’t have that same vibe.”

The ex-Scotland international, who endured a lengthy injury lay-off during his time at Ibrox, told of meeting with Ally McCoist to discuss a new deal.

“I sat down with the manager and he asked what I was looking for and I just said a crazy figure and I almost got what I wanted.” Kyle recalled.

“Looking back now, maybe he would want to do things differently. Over the course of a year, it was something about £100,000 with various bonuses.”

And Kyle revealed some of his team-mates had been on nearly four times that.

“I know some of the figures some of the guys were getting and it was just stupid - it was laughable at times,” he said.

“A few of the guys I used to play with, you’re talking about £300,000 to £400,000 per year playing in the Third Division of Scottish football with money rising depending on appearances and bonuses.”


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