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The 21-year-old midfielder is one of nine players to legally challenge the transfer of contracts to the newly-founded club following Charles Green's takeover

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Jamie Ness has rejected a move to the Rangers newco and is close to joining Stoke City on a four-year contract, according to the BBC.

The midfielder, who graduated from the Glasgow giants' youth set-up, has chosen to legally challenge the proposed transfer of his contract alongside other stars such as Sone Aluko, Allan McGregor and Steven Naismith.

The Premier League outfit will now have to apply for an international transfer certificate from the Scottish FA in order to complete the transfer.

However, Rangers newco chairman Charles Green may attempt to block the requests, which could see Fifa become involved.

Ness, 21, made his Rangers debut against Motherwell in 2010 and has made just 18 appearances for the Scottish outfit due to a string of injury problems.

The new Rangers are not expected to receive enough votes from other clubs to maintain their SPL status and, if that is the case, will be relegated to the Scottish football league.

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