Scottish Premier League Dunfermline’s players refused to train Wednesday "in protest at further issues regarding their pay," according to the SCOTSMAN. It is the second straight month that the Pars have "failed to pay their players on time." Despite several assurances being made by the club, the squad is "becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of wages." Several members of the first team were "unable to even make it to training on Wednesday due to the lack of funds." Club Dir Gavin Masterton issued a statement that "pledged to pay the outstanding wages" by Thursday (SCOTSMAN, 12/20). In Glasgow, Gordon Parks reported several stars have "still to see the cash hit their accounts" and will wait to see if "the latest promises are made good before deciding what to do." Dunfermline Manager Jim Jefferies said: “We had boys who couldn’t afford to travel to training on Wednesday and were too embarrassed to tell me. I understand it isn’t their fault. They just couldn’t afford it. These players are not on the kind of salaries where they can afford to go one month without a wage (DAILY RECORD, 12/20).
Scottish Third Division side Rangers CEO Charles Green said that the club is "committed to investigating the sale of the Ibrox naming rights" and is nearing a sponsorship deal "despite fears of a supporters’ backlash," according to the SCOTSMAN. Green confirmed that "significant progress has been made regarding the sale of the naming rights. However, fans "have expressed concerns" about the plans since it was reported that EPL Newcastle United and Sports Direct Owner Mike Ashley "wanted to rebrand Ibrox as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ for around £1M ($1.6M) per season." Although not addressing the supporters’ concerns about the potential renaming of Ibrox, Green confirmed that "he is eager to continue to find ways of making the Third Division side more money." Green: “If we believe that because we have £30M ($48.9M) in the bank that Charles Green should go and lie on a beach for two years while it gets frittered away, I’m quite happy to do that but I don’t think that’s right for the club" (SCOTSMAN, 12/20). In Glasgow, Gary Ralston reported Green "has pledged almost half" of the £22.2M ($35.9M) raised through the stock market flotation on new players. He will also "plough a chunk of projected season-ticket sales" of £20M ($32.5M) next summer into the pot as he "tools up for a new era" (DAILY RECORD, 12/20).