Green: We know who our friends are

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Charles Green says some Premier League teams will be welcomed more than others to Ibrox
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Charles Green says some Premier League teams will be welcomed more than others to Ibrox

Rangers chief executive Charles Green says he will warmly welcome Motherwell to Ibrox next week - but insists other top-flight clubs would not be given the same treatment.

The two clubs are set to meet in the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup on Wednesday, in what will be Rangers' first game against Clydesdale Bank Premier League opposition since they were denied entry to the top division in the summer.

Ten clubs voted against Green's newco being granted entry to the SPL, with Kilmarnock abstaining from the vote, which took place on July 4 after the Glasgow giants were consigned to liquidation.

Motherwell consulted the Well Society - supporters who have invested in a fan ownership scheme - before lodging their own 'no' vote.

But Green firmly believes the Steelmen are not "anti-Rangers" and had no real desire to see the Ibrox side denied a place in the top flight.

He told RangersTV: "What we have to understand is not everyone in that room wanted Rangers out of that league and I know - because I could see glints in eyes - which ones were happy and which ones were not.

"We recognise what happened and when some of these clubs come to Ibrox they will be welcome. When others come, they won't be so welcome.

"We know that Rangers are bigger than all of this so we ask the fans to get behind the club as they have done so well. I want them out there at the Motherwell game cheering, singing and waving the flags.

"Motherwell are a club who are suffering financially because Rangers are not in the SPL and we don't believe that Motherwell are anti-Rangers.

"We believe that there was pressure; they were under pressure from their own fans and they took a decision and we understand that. If you had taken all of these external pressures away then Motherwell and other clubs would have voted differently."

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