Whittaker reveals his frustrations

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Steven Whittaker has made over 150 appearances for Rangers
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Steven Whittaker has made over 150 appearances for Rangers

Steven Whittaker admits he has been left frustrated by a lack of contact with new chief executive Charles Green as he revealed plans to reject a transfer to newco Rangers.

Whittaker and team-mate Steven Naismith announced their objection on Sunday to the transfer of their contracts to the new company and confirmed they will not report back to Murray Park for training this week as they seek new clubs.

Green's Sevco consortium completed the purchase of the business and assets of Rangers when the club was consigned to liquidation following failure to secure a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). Whittaker said: "It would have been nice to be kept up to date, to have some kind of feedback. I think it has frustrated a lot of the players."

He added: "I had an email last week and that's the only contact that I've had with the club through this hard time. The only time we saw Charles was when he came in after the last game of the season and stated that the players had done a great thing in taking the wage cut in trying to take the club forward.

"He said he was ready to take the club forward and he had a good vision for the club and I hope he does that."

The 12 top-flight clubs will meet on July 4 to vote on whether newco Rangers should be granted entry to the Scottish Premier League. The uncertainty surrounding which division the club will play in next season was a motivating factor in Whittaker's decision to look for a move elsewhere.

The full-back said: "It's obviously been a very hard decision for all the players at Rangers at the moment. From a football point of view, it's best for me to continue my career elsewhere. It doesn't look like the club is going to be playing in the SPL and there is no European football.

"I'm 28, I want to play at the top level as much as I can and it doesn't look like I would have that opportunity here."

Whittaker met with manager Ally McCoist earlier today and revealed those talks were amicable. He said: "I spoke with him this morning and we had a very nice conversation. He said some nice stuff and wished me all the best and I did the same with him.

"I think he realises the position the players are in and he's grateful for the years that I've been at the club and I was grateful to him."

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