Crystal Palace understudy goalie & former Rangers backstop, Neil Alexander appears to have had a lingering dispute over his contract with Rangers. Scott Burns of The Daily Express is reporting that Alexander has sought out legal advice, in conjunction with the Scottish players union in order to collect compensations that he believes the club owes him.
Burns is vague in what the dispute is over but it appears that Alexander may have been due a raise or bonus tied to appearances. Either way Alexander did not hide his disappointment this summer over negotiations to renew his contract.
Back in August, The Daily Record reported Alexander’s regret over how his five-year career at Ibrox ended.
“I’m disappointed it didn’t work out for me at Rangers. I was desperate to stay but the contract offer was just not acceptable. I deserved better.”
“To be honest I’d rather still be at Rangers. I feel proud I played my part in the recovery of the club by agreeing to stay last summer and playing in SFL3 so I will look back on that with affection.”
“Like the rest of the players I took a pay cut for three months last year which was tough but it was in the best interests of the club and that was the most important thing.”
Alexander clearly felt slighted by the club as he entered contract talks this summer. After taking a pay cut to help keep the club afloat in the 2011-12 season & then being among the small handful of players to show up to camp in the ensuing summer, Alexander was hoping that loyalty would be reciprocated.
However, memories are short in professional sports & given Alexander’s sub-par play at times in the Third Division, Ally McCoist felt that he had to solidify the position by adding Cammy Bell.
In his exclusive story for The Daily Express, Scott Burns reports how former chief executive Charles Green took an almost taunting approach to dealing with Alexander’s contract. Burns wrote, “Alexander had initially been offered a one-year deal by Charles Green on roughly £10,000 a week, but that was then taken off the table by the Yorkshireman.”
Burns added, “Green then added insult to injury by going back to Alexander with another 12-month contract on less than a third of his initial offer. The Scotland cap rejected it point-blank and knew the writing was on the wall when Green sanctioned the pre-contract signing of Cammy Bell from Kilmarnock.”
Alexander was clearly insulted by how his relationship with Rangers ended & it was evident that he was saddened by being let go. Many fans may focus on the ‘sour grapes’ angle to this story….however if there was an actual oversight or purposeful mismanagement of income owed Alexander you cannot fault him for seeking legal action. The chaotic couple of years the club went through were taxing on the players – especially someone like Alexander who decided to stay & it would be shameful if people within the club felt that that they could take advantage of the situation.
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