'Last chance' to save Rangers says fans' chief

THE Rangers board and supporters have been warned they have got one last chance to save the club from oblivion.

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  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
    Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns
  • Rangers board members face shareholders at the AGM at Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Colin Mearns

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, fears the club will not survive another financial catastrophe following their liquidation crisis last summer.

But the fans' chief has warned that a boycott is not the way to put pressure on the unpopular ruling regime following their re-election at yesterday's annual general meeting, fearing it could drive the Ibrox outfit - who lost £14.4million in the 13 months up to June -closer to a second administration disaster.

The Sons of Struth group - led by Craig Houston -want supporters to delay buying season tickets in a bid to force out the likes of unpopular finance director Brian Stockbridge.

But Kerr said: "We as supporters need to keep supporting the club. Can the club survive another process where we have to start again? I'm not sure, because a lot of fans are already fed up.

"I know some people think the only way to get results is for a boycott. But if we have to go back to the bottom, maybe go into administration again, it will be hard to pick people up again.

"Right now, this is the last chance the board and the fans have to get this right. The board are in a precarious position. The fans are in a fragile position. That doesn't bode well, so we need to build bridges quickly and the onus is on the board to deliver."

Kerr insisted that the board's routing of Paul Murray's requisitioners does not mean they are off the hook.

"Although the board won, they are probably under more pressure than they were before, because they now have to deliver," he said.

"They are making the right noises about wanting to engage with the fans. Now it's time to stop talking and to actually do it.

"They have a big hurdle to overcome if they want to regain the fans' trust. It's fine to talk about it, but let's see how they actually do it."

Houston also expressed fears the Ibrox outfit may soon find itself in danger following reports that the club could be down to its last £1million by April.

He said: "There are massive concerns and that's not scaremongering or people exaggerating.

"The board told us they would have £1million in the bank, and there have been two large pay-offs since then.

"They told us when Norman Crighton was brought on to the board that he was to head up an investment committee, and they had £50million available from Blue Pitch Holdings, but not until we are back in Europe.

"You put these things together, of course it gives people concern.

"There is going to be a shortfall in money soon and there is no visible, viable investment coming in."

While Stockbridge was fiercely heckled by furious shareholders every time he opened his mouth during the AGM, chief executive Graham Wallace appeared to win over his doubters with a strong display from the top table.

And Houston gave the former Manchester City chief operating officer his backing - for now.

"He does seem to have the club's interests at heart - he just needs to prove it," he said. "That's what the board need to do.

"They are telling us they are going to have transparency but they need to prove it. The worry was the timescale that was discussed at the AGM for any improvements was within the next 120 days.

"That's quite a long time and that unsurprisingly takes us up to season-ticket renewals.

"Does that mean, as fans, we can't expect to ask or see any improvements between now and then?"

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