Dundee Utd fans unhappy with stay-away Rangers protest

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Dundee United fans have reacted with disappointment to the news that Rangers will not accept their ticket allocation for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Tannadice.

The Ibrox club were drawn to play United in the fifth round in February, with supporters' groups immediately calling for a stay-away protest for the first match away to Scottish Premier League opposition since they were relaunched as a new company and denied entry to the SPL.

Some Rangers fans believe United chairman Stephen Thompson was an influential figure in their demotion to the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Thompson had also refused to refund Rangers fans when a match at Tannadice between the two clubs in 2009 was abandoned at half-time due to adverse weather conditions.

A joint statement from ArabTRUST and The Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs, said: "It's with great disappointment that we read Rangers' official statement indicating that they will not take up their ticket allocation for the Scottish Cup tie in February.

"In a time when Scottish football needs to look to the future and how we can rebuild our game, it's sad that some parties choose to refer to past alleged indiscretions against their club as an excuse to not attend the match.

"In the instances referred to by Rangers supporters, a court of law decided that Dundee United had acted appropriately in respect of ticketing post the abandoned game in 2009.

"As for the decision by the SPL to take action against Rangers in the summer this was made by the majority of clubs - not only Dundee United."

Rangers' announcement brings into question whether they will be entitled to share in the revenue generated by the fixture.

A Scottish Football Association spokesperson said: "The matter will be discussed at the SFA board meeting on Thursday."