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  • "As I commented on Saturday, I am a Rangers fan as well as a Saints fan(long story) . I hoped that Saints would offer some sort of compensation as Rangers really are deep in the doodoo.
    The situation is that all Rangers asked was that players transferred to the newco and then they would allow them to transfer at a very low figure, in the case of Steve Davis the figure is about 1.6m.
    Personnally I believe that is a very reasonable figure for an extremely good player.
    What is now happening is that the Scottish F.A. have been asked by Rangers not to release the international clearance that is required in any and all transfers, until they have been able to negotiate some sort of fee for any player who wishes to leave.
    Norwich have paid a fee for Robert Fleck and the transfer has gone through.
    This transfer will happen, after some sort of negotiation, and I imagine that Saints were well aware that this would be the case and have prepared accordingly."
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New signing Davis refused Saints clearance

Steven Davis

Steven Davis

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

New Saints signing Steven Davis has been refused international clearance to join the club.

Davis was one of a number of players at Glasgow Rangers who refused to have their contracts transferred to a newco Rangers, and therefore felt able to leave on a free with their deals effectively terminated.

The Northern Ireland captain agreed a three year deal to move to St Mary’s, but the SFA have refused to grant the required international clearance for the switch to be ratified.

The SFA have to contact the selling club to get their agreement for the transfer and Rangers have objected to the move of Davis, and several of his former colleagues who have also agreed deals to join other clubs after leaving the beleaguered Ibrox outfit.

Saints are able to appeal to FIFA for a temporary licence so Davis can remain with the club while the world governing body make a ruling on the situation.

When contacted by the Daily Echo, Rangers confirmed: “The SFA have already confirmed that they will not release an International Transfer Certificate to any National Association that requests it and have referred the matter to FIFA.”

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