SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Row delays Rhys McCabe debut

In limbo: Rhys McCabe
In limbo: Rhys McCabe
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are involved in a wrangle over the signing of Rangers midfield player Rhys McCabe.

The Owls have yet to receive international clearance from the Scottish Football Association.

That is why he has yet to play in any of the friendlies and will not figure in tonight’s game at Kilmarnock.

After Rangers were liquidated and reformed as a new company, he was one of several players who opted not to transfer his contract to the new firm.

In his and the Owls’ view he was a free agent, but the new Rangers take the view that he was still tied to them and are being backed by the Scottish FA.

Wednesday have taken the matter to FIFA, who have written to the Scottish authorities and will be expected to make a ruling on the international clearance.

It is a grey area in which Everton and Stoke have also been involved after signing Rangers players this summer. Wednesday said at the time they signed McCabe on a three-year contract that the deal was subject to international clearance.

However the Owls are understood to be confident of being backed by FIFA and hope that the issue will be clarified by the time the league season starts.

While it is expected that FIFA will endorse McCabe’s clearance and right to play for Wednesday, it is also possible that Rangers would keep up a fight for compensation.

Meanwhile, The Star understands that the Owls are not in talks with Ricardo Fuller though they have been linked with the 32-year-old striker who was released by Stoke.

Midfielder Chris Lines is due to have a second scan on his groin today.

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