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Ibrox gang of four see red over Somers' claims

THE four nominees seeking election to the Rangers board at the AGM last night ridiculed a statement from newly-appointed Ibrox chairman David Somers and urged him to listen to the concerns of the fans over the direction of the club.

Supporters of the Ibrox club staged another high-profile protest against the board during the club's 3-0 SPFL League One victory against Ayr United yesterday, displaying red cards on the 18th and 72nd minutes in another strategically timed challenge ahead of what promises to be an acrimonious meeting on December 19.

At about the same time, a statement was issued on behalf of Paul Murray, Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch, who are seeking a place in the boardroom, which was scathing about Somers' claim he had never heard of Craig Whyte, Charles Green and Imram Ahmad and challenged him to prove his independence by meeting fans face-to-face.

"We note the statement made by the Rangers chairman, David Somers," the response read. "We would urge all stakeholders in the club to consider carefully what he said.

"He started by making great play of having never heard of Charles Green, Imran Ahmad nor Craig Whyte. You would have thought that a man who made a big deal, on his appointment, of having been to big European nights at Ibrox, would at least have had a passing knowledge of central characters in our club's recent history.

"He then talked of having read board meeting minutes from the last two years which show a 'lack of professionalism and worse' and concluded that the boards have been 'unfit'," it continued. "We agree with him and that is why we have been campaigning for change.

"As chairman, he has had many opportunities to engage with his customers over the last month and he has chosen not to. Had he taken the time to listen and engage rather than adopt a siege mentality, he would have quickly found out that the fans want truth and transparency not spin and bluster. They also want the removal of Brian Stockbridge and Jack Irvine."

The statement also called for Somers to disclose who is behind the mysterious Blue Pitch and Margarita holdings, sign up to pledges in the Rangers constitution and explain his vision directly to the fans.

"If you do that then people will start believing that you are independent. Until then it is just words," it said.

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