Mike Ashley Reported Ready To Buy Rangers

There’s a report in the Sunday People that Mike Ashley wants to buy Glasgow Rangers, and increase the 7% he already owns of the Scottish club, who are currently making their way back up the Scottish leagues into the Scottish Premier League.

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Mike Ashley – ready to buy Rangers?

Celtic have had no competition since Rangers were dropped down the leagues a few years back, and Celtic are currently 28 points clear of Aberdeen after 33 games – and it’s a one club league in Scotland at the moment.

The news is that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is preparing to buy Rangers, and take them back into the Champions League and back to their former glories.

But the report also says that Ashley has no plans to sell Newcastle, so we’re not sure why he would want to buy Rangers, other than they could qualify for the Champions League every season, once they are back in the SPL.

Currently Scotland are ranked as the 23rd best league in Europe with Spain number one, England number two and Germany number three, so Rangers are not playing in a top European league – or they will not be once they are back in the Scottish Premier League.

All the report says is that Ashley thinks he can make money from the loyal Rangers supporters, and that the famous Scottish club could still make some money.

Newcastle made a profit in the last financial year of £9.9M on revenues of around £95M, and while that’s a good return, it’s hardly huge for a man worth £3.3B and generally it’s very difficult to get a good financial return from any sports team.

Maybe he wants to get some publicity for his Sports Direct company, when the Champions League games are on TV with Rangers participating.

And the Newcastle owner pays the Newcastle club nothing for the millions in advertising he gets with the Sports Direct signs he has placed all over St. James’ Park, and seen on TV around the world on every home match day.

So we are at a loss as to why Ashley would want to buy Rangers, assuming there is some truth in this report – but there again it’s a Sunday.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #1

    The day that man dies is the day I throw a party.

    Then I can pi55 on his grave the fat cockney prick.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Now that ive stopped laughing at strolla getting game time instead of young arma I will start posting again. I really dont understand what the problem is with pards, he still had a 3rd sub left. When you go 3-0 down, you would surely just give some of the youngers a sniff.

    Is pards even allowed to make final decisions on team etc or does he have to ok subs with fashley during the game or what? Help me out people

  • Graeme

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Just watched MOTD – what an absolute shambles – how we can use the word “TEAM” simply beggars belief. A completely disjointed bunch of misfit individuals who are going through the motions. They are certainly not playing for each other; Colo once again is sat on his arse as Manure score yet another goal – get him off; his mind is in Argentina and we play much better with Mbiwa alongside Williamson anyway.
    Pardew – sets ridiculously low standards, yet consistantly fails to achieve them. If he is a Manager then pigs obviously do fly!!!!

  • yo-yo

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Rangers are still losing over £1m a month in the third tier of Scottish football. I really don’t think Mash is that stupid with his money. He’ll wait till they are about a season away from getting back to top 2 SPL then go for it. There are still massive problems with the Board, HMRC etc., But when he does make his move – he’ll get them cheap. Sell a lot of replica shirts. Get ground advertising on TV from European competition. Mmmm

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    This could be a blessing in disguise if it’s true.
    Seemingly By law no one can own two teams.
    Can’t remember where I read it when he purchased 7% of the unwashed Glasgow club 😉 but hopefully there’s some truth in it and he sells up here.
    No point in him being a billionaire owner of Nufc if he isn’t gonna use it.

  • Schwefelberg

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    “Owning two clubs in the same competition is forbidden – which could give Ashley problems should both Toon and Rangers qualify for Europe.”

    So NUFC become Rangers reserves.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7


    Drive your bus to Glasgow. You might pick up a few more passengers.

    We’re all going on a summer holiday, to make our dreams come true …

    Toot toot

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    I have no doubt he will buy rangers at some point but it don’t mean he will sell us infact he use all our nice tv cash to buy rangers with

    yo yo
    if pards had a full toolbox would he use them or just look for another excuse
    what manager blame midweek games for losing at the weekend there have been midweek games for years

    he has lost his way and don’t know how to sort it out
    but as I don’t see him getting the sack we will see how he starts next season

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #9


    Didn’t Man Utd have a difficult midweek game in Europe? A little more difficult than the Europa League games that Pardew used to use as an excuse after we got gubbed at a weekend?

    He said on radio newcastle tonight, “We’re making a couple of mistakes defensively which is unusual for us.”

    “You could sense at 2 nil we’re still in the game. But the third goal did knock the stuffing out of us.”

    Then: “You could see it sort of seep away from us when the second goal went in. That was a little bit of a body blow.”

    He says about the players today, “I thought we had some decent performances.””I felt for the players today. They give me everything.”

    “We tried to do something slightly different today but it didn’t come off.”

    So he was trying a slightly different process this week! What the *%** was he watching?

  • miggy

    Apr 6, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #10

    If i ever see ashley on the p1ss in toon he be gettin fat lips fcb

  • andrew84

    Apr 6, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #11

    A huge part of me thinks this news is fantastic as it MIGHT also lead to him selling us off one day (no guarantee about that I know).

    Another, smaller part of me wonders what Rangers fans have done to deserve this bombshell…

  • Toonmania

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m all for Mike Ashley to do this but the BIG flaw in the story is the fact they say he has no plans to sell Newcastle, now if the reporter had actually done any leg work at all he found have found out the the SFA & FA will not allow Ashley to buy more than 8.5% (which is his actual hold in Rangers) he was told that before he bought his stake in the club.
    So either Mike Ashley is considering selling Newcastle or this story or complete bull which seeing as the story is in the Sunday People then I’ll leave you to decide.

  • thepict

    Apr 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Exactly what advertising would he be allowed to put up? As far as I a, aware, UEFA stipulate what advertising can be shown at Champions League games. Therefore he wouldn’t be allowed to advertise his tat at televised games.


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