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Charles Green: one year later, Rangers have moved on

Charles Green believes Rangers have "moved on" from the trauma of the last 12 months.

Today marks the anniversary of the Ibrox club's descent into administration and subsequent liquidation.

Chief executive Green headed the consortium which took over the club which are now playing in Irn-Bru Division Three.

While benefiting from huge crowds at Ibrox this season, Rangers announced they had raised more than £22million from their listing on the stock exchange in December.

Green insists that money will provide the bedrock for a return to the top flight, telling Rangers' official website: "As a club we are not just ready to move on - we have moved on.

"The successful flotation of the club on the Alternative Investment Market was the biggest single step on the road to recovery.

"The fact that our business could attract in excess of £22 million of investment in a challenging economic climate was heart-warming testament to the belief of investors from City institutions to individual fans.

"Shares have performed well and the capitalisation of the club has meant that we have very sound financial foundations for the future.

"No effort will be spared in pursuing avenues where our financial security can be developed and enhanced and we will be making announcements regarding this in due course.

"All along, we have known that the rebuilding of the club on the pitch will take time and we are prepared for that.

Green went on to praise the work of manager, Ally McCoist, and the club`s supporters.

"Given the events of the last year, Ally McCoist deserves everyone's full support as he and his team continue to make the Rangers team strong again.

"Finally, the most outstanding feature of the last year has been Rangers fans themselves. Nothing could have prepared me for what I have seen at Ibrox and around the world.

"Loyalty is an overused word but the attitude of Rangers supporters in the last 12 months to the club they love has been the true essence of loyalty and humbling to witness.

"Moreover, the strength of character shown by supporters has won recognition and admiration both here and internationally.

"Every Rangers supporter stands tall today and can look forward. We are on the way back."

Meanwhile, former owner Craig Whyte has again denied any wrongdoing during his stewardship at Rangers.

Administrators Duff and Phelps were appointed on February 14 last year after HMRC lodged a petition over the non-payment of PAYE and VAT since Whyte's 2011 takeover.

But, as far as Whyte is concerned, his conscience is clear and he says he would welcome the opportunity to clear his name.

He told Sky Sport News: "I welcome any fair investigation into anything to do with the takeover, the insolvency, whatever.

"I would welcome that and be happy to co-operate with any of it and anybody will see there is no wrongdoing whatsoever."

The Scottish businessman also denied any criminal activity during his time at Rangers.

He added: "If I was a crook or a wide-boy, do you really think I'm stupid enough to do anything remotely crooked at a high-profile football club?

"The whole notion is just utterly ridiculous."

Asked how he sleeps at night, Whyte replied: "Very soundly."

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