Rangers fans' chief says supporters won't close door on board talks

SONS of Struth chief Craig Houston today insisted the Rangers fans are still willing to talk to the under-fire board - despite relations between the warring parties crashing to a new low.

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Sons of Struth chief Craig Houston is urging both sides to get back round the table
Sons of Struth chief Craig Houston is urging both sides to get back round the table

The Union of Fans this week hit out at a 'disingenuous' statement from the Light Blues hierarchy following crunch talks between the group, chief executive Graham Wallace and directors Sandy Easdale and Norman Crighton over the future of Ibrox and Murray Park.

Fears are growing amongst supporters that the Gers' Auchenhowie base could be sold off to raise much-needed funds and SoS supremo Houston is eager to get back round the table.

He told SportTimes: "I am disappointed that the talks between the Union of Fans and the board have broken down and the manner in which we were informed, with the club choosing to make a public statement on Saturday night before informing those that were involved in the discussions with them last week.

"The three directors who were at that meeting seemed to have no problem giving the fans assurances about Ibrox, as a minimum, and that now appears to have been knocked back by the board, or higher powers.

"We are Rangers supporters and we will always be here and be willing to talk.

"To close the door on the board would be foolish but it appears as though it has been closed from the other side.

"They had an opportunity to pacify a great number of Rangers season ticket holders by doing something that is well within their grasp and backing up their public statements by giving legal assurances that they wouldn't sell Ibrox, as a minimum.

"That would have appeased a lot of season ticket holders and the fact that they haven't done that I find very strange.

"It remains to be seen if the 'Ready to Listen' campaign meant ready to listen to the fans or a chosen few shareholders."

Fears regarding the security over Ibrox and Murray Park have been at the heart of the UoF's plans to pool season ticket money this summer, with thousands of punters so far refusing to hand over their cash to the embattled board.

Around 37,000 season books were sold last season but the club are some way short of reaching that level for the Championship campaign at this stage.

Houston said: "The figures that we have been getting give me great encouragement because it shows the resolve of the Rangers support.

"I didn't think when we started this campaign that the sales would be affected in these numbers.

"It shows that fans who may not be fully behind the Union of Fans or the Sons of Struth are still prepared to make a stance and I take a lot of heart from that.

"People have taken on board a lot of information and forming their own conclusions from that.

"A number of people are willing to put the threat of losing their own seat behind the threat of losing 50,000 seats and Ibrox."

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