Rangers to honour contracts

Berwick Rangers have pledged to support their playing staff by honouring their contracts and paying their wages through to the end of the season.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 9:16 am
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 9:17 am
Berwick Rangers FC

No decision has been made on the remainder of the season in the Lowland League, in which Rangers play, following the Coronavirus outbreak, but a statement from the club said: “ Despite the uncertainty about the current campaign, the Board of Directors have made the decision to honour the contracts of all players, paying them in full up until their expiry dates – even if a ball isn’t kicked again until then.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that we protect the future of our club but, more importantly, support the welfare of our players and their families at this time,” said Chairman Brian Porteous.

“We are doing this simply because we believe it’s the right thing to do in these unprecedented times.

“We want Berwick Rangers to be a Football Club that players want to be a part of and I think gestures of loyalty such as this will be well received not only among our players, but in the wider footballing community too.”

With current Government policies putting a halt to all sport, Shielfield Park has been ‘locked down’ with immediate effect, meaning the ground is closed for day-to-day visits and operations.

Last night (Thursday’s) scheduled Board meeting was due to take place on a video conferencing platform and, ahead of the meeting, the Chairman added: “On behalf of myself and all of the Directors at the club, I hope you and your families are safe and well and are trying to devise a daily routine that puts your physical and mental health at the heart of managing your current day-to-day life.

“Nothing about this situation is ideal. We’re constantly craving information to see when we can start getting back to normal, but we’re accepting the reality that we’re going to be without football for a number of weeks – potentially months.

“The backing the 1881 Fund has received has been incredible and, hopefully before the end of season – whenever that may be – we will surpass that £10,000 target!”