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Fans wave banners and chant in match protest against Green

Rangers supporters staged a series of protests against Charles Green and the club's board during yesterday's victory over Brechin City at Ibrox.

Chanting songs and waving banners throughout the game, they made clear their anger at the former chief executive and the directors.

Green was forced to step down last May, after his dealings with former owner Craig Whyte were revealed. He returned last week as a paid consultant, and immediately criticised Ally McCoist and his players, repeating his belief that last season's team was the worst in the club's history.

At a sometimes stormy meeting with supporters last week, Craig Mather, Green's successor as chief executive, pledged to hold a board meeting within seven days to discuss Green's future.

Three banners were unfurled before kick-off at Ibrox. There were two in the Govan Stand, one reading "Green & co it's time to go", and the other saying, "In Walter we trust, this board is the worst in our history".

The latter referred to Walter Smith stepping down as chairman last week because he could not work with Green and because he backs the requisition notice from a group of shareholders calling for Mather, the finance director Brian Stockbridge, and the non-executive director Bryan Smart, to stand down from the board and be replaced by Paul Murray, the former Rangers director, and Frank Blin, the former executive chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The third banner, at the front of the main stand, read "Green & co must go, we want our club back". Once the home fans had celebrated the unfurling of the Third Division championship flag by former player Sandy Jardine, the chanting almost solely emanated from the singing section, the corner of the Broomloan stand that houses the fans groups The Blue Order and the Union Bears.

After nine minutes, they unfurled a banner that read "Red, white and blue, no Green at ibrox". When it was shown on the stadium's big screens, applause rang out across the ground. In what seemed a co-ordinated protest, fans in that corner of the stadium then hurled a series of paper streamers on to the pitch, which eventually held up the game while they were cleared.

Fans in the singing section then chanted abuse at Green, which also prompted a response throughout the stadium, as did a song in support of Ally McCoist, the manager, who has been at loggerheads with Green. Otherwise, the chanting was sporadic and confined to the Broomloan atand corner. It included, "Sack the board", and during the second half, "Where's the money gone?" and more abuse directed at Stockbridge.

Just before the final whistle, the same group of fans yelled at the director's box, "You greedy b******s, get out of our club".

After the match, speaking to the Sunday Herald, Mark Dingwall, of Rangers Supporters Trust, said that more clarity was needed from the board over exactly what the former supremo did at the club.

He said: "We are against Mr Green being retained in any capacity. After all that has happened it is not credible that he has been making the statements he has been making.

"We are looking to see exactly what his role is given that the club has never had to employ somebody in the capacity ever before."

On the latest boardroom strife, Dingwall said: "We are consulting with our members, as we did when the club was in administration.

"There are boardroom battles and punches are being thrown. We need to know why that's happening and why some members of the board feel the need to defend themselves.

"I believe Mr McColl will be making more statements in the press this week and we need that information before we can make any decision."

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