Yes says John McGill
IT would be ironic if Dave King was prevented from coming on board at Rangers given some of the individuals who have been in charge at Ibrox in the recent past. Craig Whyte, after all, had been banned from being a company director.
He proceeded not to pay millions of pounds of NIC, PAYE and VAT during his tenure. Yes, the Glasgow-born King has had well-documented problems with the South African Revenue and had to pay them £43 million earlier on this year. But he has settled his outstanding issues. In comparison with some of the other chancers who have inveigled their way into the club he is a paragon of virtue.
The 58-year-old has the financial muscle and the wherewithal to make a real difference to the club he grew up in Castlemilk supporting as a boy. He would, crucially, have the full backing of the Rangers support. Given the abuse that has been directed towards those on the board in recent seasons that would be welcome.
Yes, there is a long way to go before he comes on board. But if he does then he can make a real and lasting difference to Rangers.
No Guarentees says Matthew Lindsay
ON the face of it, Dave King seems to be exactly what Rangers need just now.
Namely, he is a lifelong Gers supporter with considerable personal wealth. If he was to put money into the Ibrox club his concern would be on-field success and not just the return on his investment.
Given the motives of some of those who have been involved at boardroom level in recent years that would be a refreshing change. But, this being Rangers, nothing will be straightforward.
The circumstances will have to be right for King to return and there is no guarantee all investors would be agreeable to his terms.
He will have spent his time in Scotland attempting to ascertain what the situation is and sounding out those currently involved. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if both the SFA and the AIM stock exchange would be agreeable to him becoming a club director. King has had serious tax issues in South Africa and, while he believes neither of the aforementioned organisations will block him, doubts have been expressed.