Dave King effectively took control of Rangers at last Friday’s EGM in London, when Derek Llambias and Barry Leach, two of Mike Ashley’s men were removed from the Board, and they resigned in return for a year’s wages, but they are still theoretically in place as current Rangers Executives.
Mike Ashley – fans flooding back after Ashley’s defeat on Friday
Sandy Easdale submitted his resignation before the EGM and news this morning from Ibrox is that Rangers have suspended Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale pending an investigation.
A Rangers club statement read as follows:
“Rangers Football Club announce today that Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale have been suspended from their duties pending an investigation.”
“It is also noted that Mr Llambias and Mr Leach, along with Sandy Easdale, have been advised that a resolution to remove them as directors of the company has been received by the company.”
“A meeting may be required for this purpose but it is hoped that this will not prove necessary.” “Acting chairman Paul Murray, fellow directors Douglas Park and John Gilligan, and the club’s head of football administration Andrew Dickson have been appointed to the board of the company.’
While Mike Ashley’s men have left the Board, Dave King will still have to work somehow with Ashley, and it will be both delicate and important as to how that relationship will work – for the good of Rangers FC.
While Ashley has lost significant control, he still will be an important figure (if now a well liked figure) in the revival of the Scottish club – if only because of his loans to the club.
In order to introduce themselves to the Rangers staff Dave King and fellow Directors Paul Murray and John Gilligan called a staff meeting to introduce themselves to the staff.
They were surprised – the word astounded has been used in reports – as to how few staff were there, and with the huge demand for tickets for their next two games, they are concerned about the ability of the club to deal with that demand.
But that’s the unfortunate reality of what happens when you are close to bankruptcy, and short of money to pay the players’ wages, which is why they had to get loans from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in the first place.
But there have also been clear signs that with Ashley’s men out, Rangers supporters are flooding back to support the club, who have lost ground in the Scottish Championship and are now 4th top and 23 points behind Hearts and 3 points behind Hibs.
Rangers have to finish in the top four to be part of the playoffs, which is composed of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams in the Championships and the second bottom team in the Scottish Premier League.
Rangers play Queen of the South tonight in the league and it’s expected to be a huge crowd at the game, and Dave King has asked that the crowd be a full house.
And although five Newcastle players were loaned to Rangers for the rest of the season at the end of January, only attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic and center-back Remie Streete have played for the club, and Remie played less than one half before he picked up an injury.
Winger Shane Ferguson, defensive midfielder Gael Bigirimana and defender Kevin Mbabu are injured, and have yet to appear in the famous blue strips of the iconic Scottish football club.
If those four injured Newcastle players can get fit, they should be able to help Rangers get promoted this season.
If that doesn’t happen we assume new players will be brought in for next season to secure Rangers’ rightful place back in the Scottish Premier League and participating in Europe too.
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