The Pars have thanked Rangers for the speed in which the Ibrox club handed over the cash from last month’s Scottish Cup clash.

Dunfermline lost the tie 4-0 but banked around £150,000 from their share of the gate receipts and a fee from the BBC for showing the game live.

Rangers are going through some well-publicised financial difficulties but have already paid Dunfermline. Interim chairman Bob Garmory said, “We wrote to the chief executive of Rangers (Graham Wallace) to thank them for the expedient manner in which they made the payment to help us.

“Our cash flows are well enough now but it meant we could relax a little knowing we had the money.

“It was a big cash windfall for us, no doubt about it.

“Beating Ayr United in the replay at East End Park, financially, was a major plus in the first few weeks after we came out of administration.” He added, “We shouldn’t forget the impact the Centenary Club has had and a cheque for £15,000 has been handed over to the club for the third month in succession.

“It’s a huge boost to the club and numbers are creeping up towards the 950-mark – we’d love to see it hit 1000.” Garmory and the board gave an update on the club’s fortunes and aspirations at a meeting with the patrons at East End Park last night (Wednesday).

Garmory also said he hoped key defender Callum Morris would sign a new contract.

He said, “If we can get Callum to sign the piece of paper it will be good news for us. He is, and has been, a great servant and he’s obviously keen to make sure he’s as well served as possible.

“At the moment he’s mulling over a few things that his agent and Jim Jefferies have talked about and we’ll wait on him making his mind up.” He continued, “We obviously hope he’ll sign to the end of 2015 but if he chooses not to do that we won’t hold it against him.

“He’s been fabulous for us, he’s a great asset to the football club and any events in the community, at schools or CHAS or wherever, he’s always there.”