Rangers chief Charles Green can lead way, says Paul Murray

FORMER Ibrox director Paul Murray has told Charles Green he should be leading the changes in Scottish football instead of threatening to quit.

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Paul Murray has backed green to help change Scottish football
Paul Murray has backed green to help change Scottish football

The Rangers chief executive said yesterday he believes the club should attempt to leave Scottish football if reconstruction plans are approved.

The SPL and the SFL this week agreed in principle to a restructuring plan that would see the organisations merge in a 12-12-18 structure.

Green is unhappy with the proposals which, if implemented for next season, would mean another campaign in Scottish football's bottom tier for Rangers, regardless of title success in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Murray – who was part of the Blue Knights bid to buy the club in the summer – said: "I can partly understand his frustration.

"Charles Green has only been in Scotland for less than a year and dealing with administration in Scotland is a frustrating process. I've left the board, I'm no longer involved, it's a new era at Rangers and it's got off to a good start.

"If we're using that era to try to rebuild bridges within Scottish football, I think Charles Green and the Rangers board should actually rise above some of the things.

"Believe me, no-one is more frustrated with what happened last year than me.

"But I think it's now time for us to rise above that and actually provide leadership to the rest of Scottish football.

"I think Charles Green is well positioned to do that."

Murray added: "With regards to leaving Scottish football, that's been discussed for many, many years.

"I'm sure there will be a restructuring of European football at some point, but when that will be I don't think anyone knows.

"I think Charles Green and the Rangers board should be more focused on improving Scottish football from within."

Murray lost his place on the Ibrox board following Craig Whyte's ill-fated takeover of the Glasgow giants, before joining forces with the Blue Knights when the club was forced into administration.

Asked if Rangers have an obligation to act in the best interest of Scottish football as a whole, he said: "That's a difficult question.

"First of all they have to look after their own interests but clearly in any competitive sport you have to have people to play against.

"You have to have an interest in the bigger picture as well. Both things are important.

"I wouldn't say they've got an obligation but I think they are better suited to trying to improve the game from within Scotland."

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