DJ: Rangers fans ready for moment of truth

EVERY Rangers shareholder who goes to the AGM at Ibrox next week will get the chance to ask whatever questions they want.

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Laxey have shown concern over Brian Stockbridge
Laxey have shown concern over Brian Stockbridge

Those sitting at the top table are not, under strict Stock Market rules, allowed to tell any lies. If they do, they will be in serious trouble.

So, all of the issues that have been troubling Rangers supporters for the last two years now can be addressed at the meeting.

Is Craig Whyte still involved behind the scenes? Does Charles Green still have a role at the club? Where did all the money from the IPO go?

All these questions, and many more, have to be answered - and answered honestly - by the directors.

I hope, then, that as many Gers fans as possible go. And I hope they do not go with any preconceived notions.

I would like to think they will turn up, listen to what is said and then make their mind up who to vote for.

My stance on the situation at the club has been consistent. I think there are a lot of good people on the board.

I also think there are good people among the requisitioners. They do not want to get involved out of self-interest or for financial gain.

But there are people on the board who have invested a great deal of money and are keen to drive the club forward.

Perhaps it is too late for these two groups to bury their differences. Dave King came across to Scotland from South Africa this season, tried it and failed. But I think they have something in common. They both want the club to prosper.

I was interested to see Laxey Partners, who a group of fans met with this week, state they had issues with Brian Stockbridge.

The video that Stockbridge took of the former club chairman - and current requisitioner - Malcolm Murray, disappointed many fans.

He was not the person who downloaded the clip on to YouTube. But he has to shoulder some of the responsibility.

Then you have the £200,000 bonus he pocketed for the club winning the Third Division.

None of the players or management team took a bonus for winning the bottom division. So why should the financial director?

On top of that, you have the fact he said the Ibrox club would make a £7million loss in the financial year only for them to lose £14m.

The Rangers fans who met Laxey in London experessed their unhappiness with him.

The investors will also have seen the red card protest the supporters carried out during the SPFL League One game with Ayr United last weekend.

With Laxey also expressing concern about other aspects of his involvement with the club it does not, it must be said, look good for Stockbridge.

But I think with the backing of the investors they have, with the proxy votes they have been given, the board will survive. Will, though, the unrest in the stands stop if they do? I doubt it.

The fans have threatened to "disengage" with the club and not buy season tickets or official club merchandise.

There could be big trouble ahead if a compromise cannot be reached between all of the interested parties.

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