Dunfermline concern over Rangers' gate receipts debt

Dunfermline lost 4-1 to Rangers at East End Park on Saturday
Dunfermline lost 4-1 to Rangers at East End Park on Saturday

Dunfermline Athletic - one of at least four Scottish top-flight clubs owed money by Rangers - have expressed their "extreme concern" about the Ibrox outfit's move into administration.

The Pars are owed £80,000 in gate receipts from Saturday's fixture.

"This payment is no longer expected to be received by next Tuesday which would have been due to the club," said an official statement from Dunfermline.

"This is a significant amount of money for a club such as DAFC to lose."

It is believed that Hearts are owed more than £700,000 from Rangers for the summer sale of Scotland defender Lee Wallace.

Dundee United are due a similar amount in gate receipts as Dunfermline, while Inverness Caledonian Thistle are also believed to be due payments from the Glasgow club.

Rangers were forced to call in the administrators on Tuesday over an unpaid tax bill of £9m and Dunfermline say any non-payment of the money owed would present challenges for their own club.

"All of the board of DAFC would like to express their concern and shock that a giant football club such as Rangers FC has gone into administration," said the Pars statement.

"The impact of this will be felt throughout Scotland, the UK and Europe, and the board and club would wish to convey their support to Rangers FC and hope that the club can find a way through this terrible time.

"However, the direct impact to DAFC is not insignificant: Rangers FC are due DAFC in the region of £80,000 of gate receipts from Saturday's fixture, which is obviously of extreme concern."

Dunfermline point out that their own situation is exacerbated by the loss of £50,000 from their recent game against Kilmarnock being postponed.

However, the club stressed: "These challenges are not insurmountable.

"DAFC and the board of directors already have put in place a number of initiatives to raise additional capital to ensure that the club balances its books and has an ongoing programme to reduce costs.

"To date, that programme has already made a meaningful saving for the club by reducing staff, policing, stewarding, fuel and telephony costs and we have made a small trading profit up to the end of January.

"As at today's date, DAFC are only due £44,000 to HMRC."

Dunfermline appealed to its fans to come out in force on Saturday against Inverness as they look to maximise income.

"The club also continue to seek to increase commercial income and this is where DAFC fans are key to help achieve this," they added.

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