Sydney Super Cup organisers accuse rivals in statement as Celtic await grand plans
The co-promoters of the Sydney Super Cup have hit back at Rangers and the suggestion they were unwilling to fulfil their commitments to the Ibrox club, as Celtic wait for new opponents.
As you’ll know by now, Rangers have pulled out of the November event and derby with the Bhoys after a furious backlash from supporters.
Celtic fans were also unhappy with the derby venture, but for the Ibrox lot it was far more embarrassing given they were pitched as a supporting act to Ange Postecoglou’s homecoming.
The Ibrox side claimed in a Thursday statement that the tournament organisers were unwilling to ‘fulfil their commitments’.
Rangers in hot water as Celtic await glamour tie
However, a statement from TEG and Left Field Live released to The Sydney Morning Herald said: “We were disappointed to wake up this morning to Rangers FC’s statement that it will not be participating in the Sydney Super Cup.
“The Rangers Board committed to these matches following extensive negotiations over eight months. Seemingly in response to negative fan reaction, they have pulled out of their contracted commitment.
“We have worked closely with all stakeholders to bring this exciting event to Sydney, and we refute any suggestion that we were unwilling to fulfill our commitments to Rangers. We have acted in good faith and have put the event on sale with a great response from fans here.
“In changing their minds, the Rangers Board has let down many, many fans in Australia and the Asian region. We will now consult with our stakeholders before determining our response.”
The Daily Record previously reported that Rangers could receive a seven-figure penalty for pulling out and clearly those behind the event are not happy with them.
Meanwhile, reports in Australia and Scotland both indicate that another team is likely to be courted to join the four-team tournament and play Celtic in the slot originally scheduled for the derby.
With big teams around Europe potentially looking for a lucrative trip due to the timing of the World Cup, an exciting fixture could await us.
Hopefully we find out our opponents before too long with tickets already on sale to Celtic supporters over in Australia.
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