Fleck and Ortiz leaving Gers

Duo add to steady stream of Rangers departures

John Fleck: Set to leave Rangers after rejecting transfer of contract to newco version of club

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John Fleck and Juan Manuel Ortiz have added to the steady stream of players leaving Ibrox on Wednesday after objecting to the transfer of their contracts from Rangers to Charles Green's newco.

The pair joined Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Jamie Ness, Kyle Lafferty, Rhys McCabe, Sone Aluko, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker to make it 10 leaving the club so far.

Fleck spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackpool and was reported to be frustrated over a lack of contact from Green.

Employment lawyer Margaret Gribbon of Bridge Litigation said: "I also act for John Fleck and can confirm that a letter of objection has been sent to the club along with requests to the SFA to release the player's registration."

It is understood Ortiz, who is not represented by Bridge, has also submitted a letter of objection. The Spaniard signed for Rangers last summer but returned on loan to Almeria in January.


So far only Lee McCulloch, Lee Wallace and Kyle Hutton have confirmed they will stay at Ibrox ahead of the return to pre-season training on Thursday.

Dorin Goian's agent has indicated the Romanian will stay even if he has to drop a division, however it is very possible the team will have to play in the Irn-Bru Third Division next season.

Green has threatened players with legal action for breach of contract but PFA Scotland's lawyers on Tuesday night expressed belief that the football authorities would back their stance that they are all free agents under TUPE employment regulations.

Some have cited uncertainty over which division Rangers will play in next season and lack of information about Green and his investors as reasons for their decision.