The Rangers saga has taken a fresh twist after it emerged that international clearance for the transfers of five players has been blocked.
Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness have all found new clubs after refusing to have their contracts transferred to a newco Rangers.
But the moves have hit a glitch, with the Scottish Football Association failing to provide authorisation for the moves.
Fifa, football's world governing organisation, is expected to grant temporary registrations while it rules on the matter.
Clubs request international transfer clearance through their own national association, which then contact the SFA, which, in turn, contact, the club the player is leaving.
However, in this case, the issue is complicated because Rangers FC plc is being liquidated and the new Rangers company has not yet become a member of the SFA.
Eleven players have refused to join the new company set up by Charles Green after he bought the assets of the Ibrox club.
Those players who opted to leave were advised by their union that they do so as free agents. Mr Green has disputed this and has written to all clubs in England warning that the players are in breach of contract.
Meanwhile, the Rangers Supporters' Trust has hit back at claims from the Hibernian Supporters' Association which claimed that, in the best interests of the game, Rangers cannot be allowed to start over in the First Division, an option that will be one of several considered by the Scottish Football League on Friday.
The RST said: "If the Hibernian fans, or fans of any other SPL club, are unhappy with the plan to place our club, against its will, in Division 1, then perhaps they should address their concerns to the boards of the Scottish football authorities, rather than taking it as a further opportunity to attack our club.
"Indeed, the Hibernian Supporters' Club are in an excellent position to do so, given that their chairman, Rod Petrie, is one of the main architects of this proposal."
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