DJ: I doubt AGM will be the end to heartache

TOMORROW is the day that Rangers fans have been awaiting for a long, long time.

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Derek has reservations about the future of the club
Derek has reservations about the future of the club

It is three years since an AGM was last held and the gathering at Ibrox on Thursday morning is another huge day for the club.

The fans that have bought their shares will be there and will make their voices heard. It is the most important AGM in Rangers' history.

It will decide where the club is going and everyone has to play their part in asking the hard questions that need answered and making sure the right people are at the helm.

I hope that everyone goes there with an open mind and not pre-conceived ideas.

There will be fans that will only want change and don't want anyone from the board to remain in place.

Every question that is asked has to be answered honestly and openly. This is the fans' chance to have their questions answered and it is up to the board to do that and to try and win the supporters over.

Very soon, we will know if the current board will remain in place or if Paul Murray, Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch have been successful in their attempts to remove certain members of the board and win their own seats at the Ibrox top table. Rangers fans have been put through hell over the last couple of years but, unfortunately, I don't think that everything will be resolved tomorrow. This saga may well go on for much longer.

I have said before I don't mind if there is a mixture of both groups on the board, as long as they are moving in the right direction and everyone there is doing something to take Rangers forward. It doesn't look as if a compromise will be reached, especially with some of the sniping that has been going on between the two parties.

I don't see why they can't work together.

The thing they should all be fighting for here is Rangers, not for themselves. When I grew up, I didn't know who the directors of Rangers were because they were in the background.

Nowadays, it is different. There are a lot of people going into clubs that aren't right for them.

Going forward, the less we hear from the Rangers board the better. A chief executive and a chairman are in place, there are other directors on the board, and they all feel they can take the club forward.

If there are others that can help, I don't see why they can't come on board though.

The requisitioners have been saying their piece to try and get people on side and shareholders to vote for them.

On the day, hard questions have to be asked and then let us see what the answers are.

There is talk that money will run out early next year and that is a concern. The club needs an injection of money and both sides need to tell us where that investment is going to come from.

Rangers have had three chairmen and three chief executives in the space of a year and that is not what the club needs. We need stability.

At the end of the day, everyone has to be on the same wavelength for Rangers to move forward.

We can't have this bickering, there has to be an end to it all. Hopefully tomorrow will bring that but I fear there is too much going on for that to happen.

There has to be hard questions answered and we will know a lot more about where the club is going after the AGM.

Transparency is key and the fans and shareholders need to see a plan put in place. Before Paul Murray went to the Court of Session a few months ago, he was invited back on to the board.

There was a situation there that would have seen him back at the club but he had gone so far and he wanted to see it through with the other three requisitioners.

He could have walked away when Craig Whyte kicked him off the board and said 'let them get on with it'.

It wouldn't have caused him as much hassle as it has for the last couple of years. But he is a Rangers man and he wants to see the right thing done for his club.

He is not in this for him, he wants to do the right thing for the club and that is why he is fighting.

If it proves to be to no avail, he will let the directors get on with it.

Whether the fans do that, is another matter entirely.


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