Vocal minority 'let the fans down'

RANGERS fans voiced their displeasure at the club's AGM at Ibrox - with a "noisy and sizeable minority" jeering the board of directors as they spoke.

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The long-awaited meeting ended at around 1pm yesterday, with shareholders having cast their votes on the make-up of the board using electronic devices.

Some of the shareholders jeered and interrupted as chairman David Somers and chief executive Graham Wallace addressed the meeting.

Other supporters said those who disrupted the meeting had "let the fans down".

Rick Swan, 59, and from Glasgow, has been going to Rangers matches for 50 years.

He said: "I think it was a pretty hostile meeting, but that was expected. There were some very interesting comments from the chairman and I thought the chief executive came across very well indeed. Most people would have been impressed with his performance, I think.

"I'm not particularly positive because I think there's far too many blocked votes among the shareholders. So the small shareholders like myself, the fans, our views and feelings will still go unheard."

Rangers have appointed Somers, Wallace and non-executive director Norman Crighton to its PLC board in recent months, joining finance director Brian Stockbridge and James Easdale.

Another fan and shareholder, 40-year-old Colin Foster from Livingston, said after the meeting: "There was clearly a group that were antagonistic towards the board and they were quite vocal.

"It's difficult to say whether they were the majority but I don't think they were.

"I think they were a noisy and sizeable minority.

"I'd say most people were reasonably supportive of the board, particularly the new members of the board.

"They are clearly big hitters and I've got a lot of confidence in them.

"I think we will have the stability that we need moving forward and I just hope they get the investment needed to get the club back to the top.

"I am concerned with the sizeable, vocal group that were against the board. That needs to get sorted one way or another."

Shareholders were able to ask questions of the board.

Mr Foster floated the idea of a club chaplain being appointed to unite the supporters.

He added: "I asked the question, if the directors would consider the appointment of a club chaplain to act as an anchor for the heart and soul of the club to build trust and bring about peace and try to bring these disparate groups together.

"They said they would consider it."

And 61-year-old Ian from Wishaw, who did not give his surname, said: "It wasn't like any AGM I've ever attended because there was a bit of rabble rousing.

"I thought the chief executive and the chairman spoke very well but I felt some of the Rangers supporters in there let the fans down.

"They had plenty of opportunity to get their point across, so why did they have to stand up, screaming and shouting like fools in the middle of a business meeting?

"They weren't drunk, but it sounded like a bunch of drunken fools at times."

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