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Gregg Wylde Finally Set To Get Clearance

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 20:  Mark Wilson of Celtic tackles Gregg Wylde of Rangers during the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on March 20, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 20: Mark Wilson of Celtic tackles Gregg Wylde of Rangers during the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on March 20, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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FIFA executives understandably have lots of papers sitting on their desks regarding transfer this and tap up that. Whenever said executives finish watching YouTube videos of Stuart Holden busting out a Justin Bieber ballad, they have time to get to the paperwork for an hour or so each day.

The above bit probably isn't true but it may explain why it took six weeks for the FIFA guys and gals to approve Gregg Wylde's free transfer to Bolton Wanderers from Rangers. Wylde signed a contract with Bolton Wanderers that will keep him at the Reebok until the summer of 2015. His transfer had to be investigated due to the circumstances surrounding Rangers this season.

When we first reported that Bolton had signed him, we discussed the rules that FIFA had too look over:

FIFA rules state that although a free agent player may be signed outside of the January transfer window, said player would also have to have been a free agent during the transfer window. Gregg Wylde was still on Rangers' books at that point. That said, FIFA has been known to make exceptions due to extenuating circumstances like, oh I don't know, a club having financial difficulty. Should Bolton not have FIFA's approval, they can still sign Wylde for next season where he would just have to wait to make his debut.

Here's hoping that Wylde can make something happen this season.

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