Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, who apparently had trials with the club when youngster, has joined the Rangers First group who are attempting to wrestle control of the club away from Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United.
Gordon Ramsey – celebrity chef
Gordon is the latest high-profile personality to join the Rangers First group of fan shareholders, and it now has 9,500 members and is now the biggest in the UK.
But the group at the moment owns only about 1.7% of the club, but wants its members to buy shares and use their proxy votes at next month’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in support of Dave King.
King is attempting to remove the current Rangers Board, which includes Derek Llambias the former Newcastle Managing Director and is effectively controlled by Mike Ashley.
There are a number of other prominent personalities including Vladimir Weiss, Alex Rae, Richard Gough, Jorg Albertz, Claudio Reyna and Nacho Novo, who have also joined the Rangers Now group.
The meeting is scheduled to take place in London on March 4th, although there are problems in getting a hotel to host the event, with news yesterday that the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is looking at pulling out as the current host of the event.
Previously the event was scheduled for March 6th at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Center in Kensington, but after thousands of fans had made their bookings – the hotel pulled out of the event.
Rangers fans are also not happy that the meting is taking place in London, which is a good 350 miles away from Glasgow.
A Spokesman for Rangers First Ricki Neill had this to say:
“Rangers First continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to welcome Gordon Ramsay to our group.
“Our organisation has captured the imagination of supporters and ex players from around the world in recent weeks and I thank Gordon signing up.
“We are hoping to secure 10,000 members ahead of next month’s general meeting and support from high-profile supporters like Gordon Ramsay will undoubtedly help raise our profile.”
Rangers One are trying hard to get rid of the current Board, which is effectively controlled by Mike Ashley, who owns only 8.92% of Rangers.
But he controls the club because of the loans he has given the club to keep them financially afloat through the end of this season.
Those loans have been secured against some of Rangers assets such as the Murray Park training ground, and the fans see the Newcastle owner as one of the problems at the icon club.
And Ashley showed clearly he is in control of the club, when he sent five of Newcastle’s fringe players north of the border in January with instructions to the Rangers manager Kenny McDowall, that the players be played in the first team.
And do the plot thickens.
Wonder if the BBC are going to make a mini-series of this? 😀
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