Raith Rovers reveal fans’ support over newco stance

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Raith Rovers have revealed the club have been inundated with messages of support following the Fifers’ hardline stance towards newco Rangers.

Stark’s Park director Turnbull Hutton has been vociferous in his insistence that the Glasgow outfit should not be allowed to resume life in Division One after they were dumped out of the top flight last week.

He also accused the SFA and SPL of “blackmail” following the financial doomsday scenarios presented by respective chief executive’s Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster if Rangers are demoted to the bottom rung of the SFL.

The uncompromising position adopted by Hutton and Rovers has been hailed by supporters of other clubs, with Aberdeen fans even chipping in to sponsor players at the cash-strapped Kirkcaldy club.

A statement read: “Raith Rovers would like to take the opportunity to thank fans who’ve taken the time to contact us regarding the recent developments within Scottish football.

“Whilst we may not have had time to respond to every message, they are all being read by the directors.

“We’ve also been monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The response has been overwhelming and unexpected.

“A few Aberdeen fans have grouped together to sponsor players for next season. One group, Aberdeen Fans For Sporting Integrity, are sponsoring Roary Rover and will donate the shirt to a local charity at the end of the season.”

Raith supporters have been equally swift to show their appreciation for the clubs stance, with the amount of money raised by the “Support Rovers” campaign more than doubling in recent days.

With the club more than £1 million in debt, the funds will aid running costs and help pay for the arduous 500-mile round trip to Wick in the Ramsdens Cup later this month.

The statement added: “This account was set up last year and initially the amount was quite modest, but in the last few days the flow of donations has increased.

“On Thursday, the club received a £335 cheque from the account, making a total of £563. Many thanks to all who are contributing and keep up the good work.”