The Rangers Supporters Trust have accused the Scottish Football Association of shirking their responsibilities when Craig Whyte completed his takeover in May last year.
Rangers were last night hit with a £160,000 (€195,000) fine and 12-month embargo on signing players aged over 17 after being found guilty of five charges in relation to their finances and the appointment of Whyte as chairman.
And after an earlier statement accused the SFA judicial panel of trying to “cripple” their club as they consider a series of protests and boycotts, the Trust have said the SFA’s failure to intervene during Whyte’s tenure at the club “shows the inadequacy of their governance”.
“The Independent Panel of Rangers FC Directors raised huge doubts about Craig Whyte’s ability to run the club on a financially sound basis yet the SFA chose not to intervene,” a statement read.
“That shows the inadequacy of their governance and they have shifted that onus to Rangers FC and compounded their incompetence by imposing a significant punishment.
“The combination of a huge fine and the ban on signing players for 12 months is a devastating blow.
“Surely the role of a governing body is to help and support member clubs as best they can.
“We do not want to run away from our responsibilities and we accept that any wrongdoing needs to be dealt with but to do it now when we are trying desperately to exit administration is brutal in the extreme.”
The earlier statement said that the fine and embargo was “a shameful decision that has been taken with the sole purpose of crippling Rangers Football Club.”