Sons of Struth chief Houston on his crusade

CRAIG HOUSTON saw Rangers had a problem.

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Houston has campaigned for truth at the Ibrox club
Houston has campaigned for truth at the Ibrox club

Tomorrow he will find out if he has played his part in the solution.

As the lurid headlines continued to swirl around his club, the Ibrox season ticket holder stepped up to the plate, taking the fight from the stands to the streets.

His Sons of Struth group have been at the forefront of the moves to mobilise the Light Blue legions as supporters have thrown their weight behind the bid to oust the under-fire Gers board.

As requisitioners Paul Murray, Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch get set to learn their fate at tomorrow's AGM, fans wait anxiously on the result.

From chants and banners in the stands, to a van driving around Glasgow, to the eye-catching red card display at Ibrox a fortnight ago, the SoS, backed by the Rangers Supporters Trust, Assembly and Association, have played their part in the process.

The Rangers fanbase as a whole remains fragmented at the prospect of more boardroom upheaval.

But Houston has been heartened by the way many have rallied round in the club's hour of need - even though the pre-AGM forecasts point to a board victory.

"The support we have had has been phenomenal," he told SportTimes.

"I have had messages of support from people from across the world. The support has helped through this journey because there have been dark days when things have been going against us and people have been saying things about us.

"You do question yourself but then you get a message that gives you a bit of faith.

"People have shaken my hand on the street and when I have been going into Ibrox.

"The guys I have sat beside, some who are in their 70s and 80s are patting me on the back and saying 'well done son, keep it going'. It has been great."

The levels of anti-board sentiment have risen sharply in recent weeks as Murray, aided by businessman Jim McColl, has called for clarity at Ibrox and seen three directors - Craig Mather, Bryan Smart and Ian Hart - as well as Charles Green and Imran Ahmad head for the exit door.

Supporters hold a 12% stake in their club and, with the institutional investors already settled into one camp or the other, their votes could prove crucial come the final count.

Houston said: "I think it is hard to judge how it will go at the AGM. Some fans will support the board and I would hope the majority vote against the board on Thursday.

"It is looking like the Rangers supporters could decide the outcome of the AGM."

Tomorrow's vote is the next stop on the Rangers rollercoaster, but it is unlikely to be the end of the Ibrox drama.

And Houston admits the battle has taken its toll on a fanbase that had looked forward to the Gers' journey back to the top of our game.

He said: "We all thought we had a good place from which to start when Charles Green came in after the Craig Whyte debacle and we hoped the off-field stuff had been put to bed and the club was going in the right direction. That has been the case on the field, but in the boardroom it is not.

"There are still questions to be answered and we are where we are just now.

"It is full credit to the manager and players that they have been able to put these things behind them. Their part in this will never be forgotten."

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