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Rangers Abuse Claim Victim Instructed To Speak To Club's Liquidators

Rangers Abuse Claim Victim Instructed To Speak To Club's Liquidators
Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Often applied as a barb against Rangers' recent financial difficulties (and their subsequent lack of footballing success), a former Rangers youth player that was sexually abused by a coach at the club has been informed that he should take his complaints up with the initial club's liquidators.

Reported by the BBC, the man claiming to have been abused by a member of the Rangers staff in the 1980s was "told by lawyers for Rangers that the duty of care is not with the current owners."

Informed that the abuse took place when Rangers were under the ownership of a different company, "the man, who is in his 40s, was offered help in accessing counselling services, but no apology was made in correspondence from the club's lawyers."


Speaking to the BBC of his experience with the club as it currently stands, the man, who has remained anonymous for the purposes of exposing these actions, revealed the extent of an email sent to him by the Rangers' lawyers when he made his initial complaint:

You will understand that there have been many changes affecting Rangers over the last several years. The company which owned Rangers Football Club.... which you refer to as owing duties of care to your client will have been the company then called The Rangers Football Club PLC and now called RFC 2012 Limited.

That company is currently in liquidation but we do have the liquidators' contact details and can provide that information if it will assist.

The figure identified as the abuser in question is Gordon Neely, the head of youth development at Rangers throughout part of the 1980s.


Repeatedly accused of various acts of sexual abuse, Neely died before answering any case in 2014.

The figure in question spoke with remarkable honesty of the tragic experience to the BBC - that interview can be read here.


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