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Football: Scott won't commit to Pars until he knows the full story; Rangers v Dunfermline.

DUNFERMLINE defender Scott Wilson won't sign a new deal until the club is safe from administration.

The former Rangers player, who will be back at Ibrox tonight, has been given a deadline by the Fifers to agree on their final contract offer.

However, the 27-year-old will leave in the summer unless he receives assurances from the directors that the club has a future.

Players and management have already been forced to take 30 per cent wage cuts and forfeit win bonuses tooffered six months ago but can they promise me the deal will not be halved again?

'We were not told the truth about the situation before until the last minute. I am not putting my signature on a piece of paper that might not be worth anything in six months.'

Manager Jimmy Calderwood, who masterminded a 2-0 win over Rangers at East End Park earlier this season, remains hopeful Wilson will sign on.

On the field, the dominant defender is as happy as he has been in his career.

And he added: 'My situation is not really affecting me because games are coming thick and fast and there is still a lot to play for.

'We are in the semi-final of a Cup and we are doing well in the league. It will probably be the last couple of months of my contract before I start thinking about it.

'The football is great it is the financial side. There's no win bonus and appearance money and you don't know how long the situation can stay like that.

'People outside think footballers earn enough but it is a short career and you have to look after what you have.'

The Pars head for Ibrox tonight looking to narrow the gap on Hearts and end a Govan hoodoo.

Calderwood reckons his players bridged a psychological chasm by beating the Light Blues in Fife.

But he knows it is a lot more difficult to do it away from home.

He said: 'I am really looking forward to it.

'I think it broke down a few barriers defeating Rangers at East End Park and we also deserved to draw with Celtic here, but Glasgow is different.

'However, we broke a hoodoo against Thistle in Glasgow let's see if we can do it at Ibrox and Parkhead.'

help the club avoid administration. And Wilson said: 'I have not signed yet and I don't know what is going to happen. The club have made a final offer and that is it.

'They have given me a time limit, which is not that far away but I can't give an answer because nothing has happened to make me think the club is going to be okay.

'If I sign a contract, will it be worth anything? The deal is half of what I wasTeamnews

RANGERS playmaker Ronald de Boer is fit despite breaking his nose in Saturday's win over Dundee.

But Defender Craig Moore has a knee injury.

Kids Alan Hutton, Ross McCormack and Bajram Fetai are all included.

Provisional squad Klos, Frank de Boer , Rae, Ronald de Boer , Hughes, Thompson, Ball, Lovenkrands, McGregor , Khizanishvili, Malcolm, Burke, Mols, Hutton, McCormack, Fetai, Vanoli, Ross.

Teamnews

DUNFERMLINE welcome back influential midfielder Gary Mason, who has recovered from the flu. But they are still without Scott Thomson, Noel Hunt, Sean Kilgannon and David Grondin.

Provisional Squad Stillie, Mason, Shields, Skerla, S Wilson, Byrne, Labonte, Derek Young, Tod, Nicholson, Darren Young, Dempsey, Bullen, Crawford, Brewster , Ruitenbeek, Mehmet.
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