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Ten refuse 'Rangers newco' move as Ortiz and Fleck add to player objections

The pair join eight of their team-mates in turning down work with Charles Green's new company.

Rangers midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz.
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Juan Manuel Ortiz and John Fleck have notified Charles Green of their wish to terminate their Rangers contracts with his new company.

The decision of the pair takes the number of players saying they would not take up employment with Sevco 5088 to ten.

Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Jamie Ness, Sone Aluko, Rhys McCabe and Kyle Lafferty have already said they will seek new clubs.

Ortiz was signed from Almeria last summer, penning a three-year deal after becoming Ally McCoist's first acquisition as Rangers boss.

The Spaniard however flopped and, after 13 appearances, was loaned back to his former club in January for the remainder of the 2011/12 season.

Fleck made his debut as a 16-year-old against East Stirlingshire in 2008 but has so far failed to live up to his hype, playing just 59 times and spending time on loan at Blackpool last campaign.

Speaking on Wednesday, Green insisted he would challenge those players who have quit and believes they missed their chance to object to having their contracts transferred.

“I’m very disappointed, of course, particularly so late in the proceedings,” Green told Sky Sports.

“It’s clear the regulations behind TUPE are if someone has an objection, they have to notify within 24 hours. This is almost two weeks after the day.

“I think this is just opportunism. I’ll definitely challenge it.”

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