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Rangers accuse fans over Sydney Cup row

The furore over Rangers participation in the Sydney Cup in November has intensified with the club accusing a block of their supporters of being “intent on causing damage to our club”.

The Ibrox club released a withering statement on Tuesday, just hours after influential fans’ group Club 1872 questioned the “judgement, competence and honesty” of the Rangers executive team.

Supporters believe the decision to play bitter city rivals Celtic during November’s Sydney-based tournament undermines the intensity of the Glasgow derby.

During Sunday’s Premiership match away to Dundee they protested by by throwing tennis balls and streamers on to the pitch interrupting the match.

Rangers claim the unrest is driven by those with ulterior motives and said the group in question had sparked a “propaganda war”.

Their statement read: “The rest of this season is arguably one of the most crucial periods in our illustrious 150-year history.

“The men’s first team and women’s team are competing for major honours, both domestically and in Europe.

“It is deeply regrettable that the same small rump of ‘supporters’ remains intent on causing damage to our club. It is particularly concerning to note the timing they have chosen to launch their latest attack.

“It is lost on nobody that those intent on creating maximum disruption are those who have either enjoyed, or craved, a role within our club.

“The collective desire of our board, management and players is to have unity of purpose over the coming months. Rest assured, we will address the disruptors and their propaganda war at the end of this season.

“For now, nothing matters but results on the field.”

Club 1872 said in its statement, released on Tuesday morning, that Rangers’ executive team had been “dismissive, patronising and at times openly hostile” adding “the contempt shown to supporters over [participation in the Sydney Cup] is only the tip of the iceberg.”

Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers make up the quartet to contest the Sydney Cup which is reported to be worth huge sums to both Glasgow clubs with organisers confident the 83,000-capacity Accor Stadium will sell-out for the derby match.

Tickets are already selling well despite continued reports that Rangers may bow to fan pressure and withdraw.

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