Will red-card targets be ousted at Rangers?

YES says MATTHEW LINDSAY

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Paul Murray and his group are hoping to be voted on to the board
Paul Murray and his group are hoping to be voted on to the board

YES says MATTHEW LINDSAY

MANY of the shareholders who will decide who will win and lose the battle for control of Rangers at the AGM have been unaware of the unhappiness of the fans.

The message many had been receiving was that, despite attempts to unseat the directors, the majority of the supporters were backing their efforts to restore the club to its former glories. The Gang of Four - Scott Murdoch, Malcolm Murray, Paul Murray and Alex Wilson - seeking election to the board next week have tried to alter that view. And the fans have also met with many of the money men behind the club to stress their dissatisfaction with how it is being run.

Now the red-card protest at the Ayr United game will have shown them in no uncertain terms most fans would like to see change at the top.

Even if the shareholders were not at Ibrox, photographs have been used in newspapers and online. The message will have been received. Loud and clear.

THEY COULD says GRAEME MACPHERSON

THE majority of Rangers fans inside Ibrox let the current board know what they thought of them by holding up their red cards.

The battle for supremacy at Ibrox, however, is not one the ordinary supporters can greatly influence.

When it comes time to vote at the club's AGM, the most telling ones will be those cast by the directors, the requisitioners and the institutional investors they represent.

Ordinary fan shareholders are only thought to make up around 12% of the total and not all of those will bother to cast their vote. The red-card display was a timely reminder to the board of the strength of feeling against their stewardship of the club and, should the current directors hold on to power, they would be well advised to listen to the fans moving forward.

But the majority of the supporters will be on the outside looking in when the big decisions are made in less than two weeks' time.

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