Rangers fans urged to vote as war of words erupts

RANGERS fans chief Drew Roberton today urged supporters to turn out and vote at tomorrow's AGM.

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The future of the club hangs in the balance
The future of the club hangs in the balance

His plea came against the backdrop of a new war of words between the rival camps vying for control at Ibrox.

Former director Paul Murray last night criticised the leaking of sensitive information after it was reported that the current board will stay in place because they have won the backing of a majority of shareholders.

The report stated the number of proxy votes cast on behalf of shareholders indicate chairman David Somers, chief executive Graham Wallace and three directors will be re-elected.

His plea came against the backdrop of a new war of words between the rival camps vying for control at Ibrox.

Former director Paul Murray last night criticised the leaking of sensitive information after it was reported that the board will stay in place because they have won the backing of a majority of shareholders.

The report stated the number of proxy votes cast on behalf of shareholders indicate chairman David Somers, chief executive Graham Wallace and three directors will be re-elected.

This means that other nominees, including Mr Murray and former chairman Malcolm Murray, will not have enough votes to join the board.

Paul Murray said: "We are very surprised that this information has been leaked to the BBC. It could only have come from one of two sources, Capita [Registrars, who provide company secretarial services for Rangers] or the Rangers board. We regard this leak as a serious breach of stock market regulations and will be having our legal team look at it [today].

"In the meantime, we would urge all shareholders and fans to ignore this propaganda, and turn up at the AGM to cast their votes and ask the questions they want answered by the board."

But Rangers hit back, with a spokesman saying the current board would be "outraged" by the claims and demanding that Mr Murray wathdraw them.

The latest row sets the stage for a stormy AGM tomorrow and follows months of turmoil at the League One club.

Shareholders Malcolm Murray, Paul Murray, Scott Murdoch and Alex Wilson have been seeking election to the board and won a court decision to have their nominations added to the AGM

agenda, resulting in the meeting being delayed.

And last night Rangers Suppporters Association chief Roberton told SportTimes: "Shareholders and fans have to turn up and cast their vote, there is no point saying they don't like the outcome after the vote if they have not taken part when they are entitled to.

"They have to exercise their right to vote.

"It is difficult to say how it is going to go. I have seen the figures speculated about the percentages each group has but we won't know for sure until the votes have been cast.

"If the Requisitioners don't get on the board, I think their supporters would pick themselves up again and have another go and keep at it."

He added: "The changes that have been made to the board haven't been in place long enough to make a real difference.

"It is maybe a time to give people a chance and see how they do.

"The big question is whether guys like Graham Wallace and David Somers are there for the good of Rangers or to just strengthen the board's position."

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