DJ's plea to Rangers fans: Don't do walking away

RANGERS icon Derek Johnstone has urged the Light Blue legions to think twice about boycotting the club in the wake of Thursday's hostile AGM.

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DJ wants board to gain the trust of supporters
DJ wants board to gain the trust of supporters

Furious fans had threatened to 'disengage' from the club if the Ibrox board

remained in place.

And, after all five directors won the backing of shareholders last week,

supporters could look to hit the Gers

hierarchy in the pocket.

With tensions between the boardroom and terraces at breaking point, many punters could refuse to renew season tickets or buy merchandise and hospitality packages for next season.

And DJ told SportTimes: "I wouldn't say a boycott is the way to go. By doing that, you are harming the club.

"I understand that there is not a lot they can do and they are the biggest source of income for the club through season tickets and merchandise.

"If they do disengage, Rangers will lose money and could struggle.

"If you only get 20,000 season tickets rather than 35,000, that is an awful lot of money. Rangers will lose out.

"That is why the board has got to sit down with the fans and tell them their plans and get them on side.

"They have to earn the fans' trust. If they realise the board will be good for Rangers then they will back them.

"The last thing the board needs is supporters threatening to boycott games and things like that.

"It is not going to help the club and I wouldn't like to see them going down that route.

"I want to see more talks between those at the top and the fans."

In the wake of their resounding AGM success, the Gers board have vowed to communicate better with fans as they bid to take the club forward.

And DJ insists the Ibrox hierarchy must get the supporters' backing as quickly as possible if the off-field turmoil is to be resolved.

He said: "The people who saved Rangers Football Club were the supporters.

"You ignore them at your peril. It is as simple as that.

"They have got to keep talking to the supporters, have meetings every so often, and find out what they are thinking.

"They are the ones who are going to pay their money for season tickets and merchandise and if they decide they are not going to do that then the club is in real trouble.

"The board have got to keep listening and give them something back. They have got to be positive and have plans in place, the first people that should know are the fans."


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