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Green is only the first domino to fall

SOMEHOW I don't think Charles Green will be the last member of the Rangers board to leave.

Internal politics continue to bedevil Rangers off the field as suppoprters remain fearful that more damaging revelations will emerge Photograph: Colin Mearns
Internal politics continue to bedevil Rangers off the field as suppoprters remain fearful that more damaging revelations will emerge Photograph: Colin Mearns

The club right now seems to me to be undertaking a fresh start, a spring cleaning of the big house, but I don't think there is any reason for fans and investors of the Ibrox club to panic this morning. Decisions made in the next couple of weeks will be for the betterment of the club and in time there will be a new board with a freshness to it and all the question marks will be taken out of the equation

The Yorkshireman had little choice but to walk away on Friday after losing the support of the majority of the Ibrox board. And while I know for a fact there is plenty of sadness within the club about Green's departure – no matter what anyone says about him, he has been one of the hardest-working people on the board during the last year – there had been too much controversy and unwanted publicity. He has been talked into stepping down to safeguard the best interests of the club.

Green didn't handle the Francisco Sandaza situation well. The fact is football business is different to any other business. He caused controversy over comments about his commercial director, Imran Ahmad, and he then made his position well nigh impossible when he took on Ally McCoist over changes to his backroom team.

Most damaging of all, however, was the suggestion that he had colluded with Craig Whyte over the deal which resulted in the takeover of the club last summer. With Ahmad also currently under investigation by the board, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the next to depart.

There is certainly no comparison between Green and Whyte, whose alleged claim on 25% of the club's shares remains a huge source of uncertainty.

We may not have seen the last of Whyte in all this, but the current directors have plenty of financial clout and are prepared to stay the course. I am convinced they will get him out of the picture in the end.

For now, the remaining board members – finance director Brian Stockbridge, chairman Malcolm Murray, and the non-executives, Walter Smith, Ian Hart, Bryan Smart and Philip Cartmell – will have to find a new chief executive. And whoever they choose will have to be approved by the Stock Exchange. But as long as the new man works as hard as Green worked for the club they will be all right.

Green made an impact in the debates over league reconstruction, but the decision this week of Stewart Gilmour, the St Mirren chairman, and his Ross County counterpart, Roy MacGregor, to defeat the motion for 12-12-18 had nothing to do with him or Rangers. So I hate to see some other SPL chairmen blacken the name of Gilmour in the way they have since Monday's vote.

Gilmour and MacGregor are being castigated for refusing to compromise over the 11-1 voting structure, but I don't blame them for taking the stance they did.

They were prepared to compromise over the merger, changes to the distribution of the money and the introduction of play-offs, while some of the others were only prepared to compromise on the money if effectively they organised a mini-league of eight to ensure that there was no chance they ever went down. So they were protecting their own interests as well.

The only thing we all could agree on in Scottish football was that we need change, so I don't think we have seen the last of reconstruction just yet. The likes of Hamilton chairman, Les Gray, and people like that aren't just going to sit in the background quietly for the next few years.

I AM delighted to say that my old Dundee United team-mate Alan Archibald has breezed into life as a manager. Partick Thistle clinched the Irn Bru first division title yesterday but although he was left with the best bunch of players in the division sometimes it is easier to make an impact when you take over a club at rock bottom.

Part of the reason it has been such a seamless transition is because he is Jackie McNamara's clone in terms of temperament and personality. They both share the same steely determination, but in the dug-out on a Saturday they never seem to panic and change things too early – they just believe in their football and keep doing the same things. As a player, he was a manager's dream, the kind you never have to motivate.

The job as Thistle manager has fitted him like a glove thus far, but it is important that he isn't blinded by his loyalty when he gets to the SPL next season.

A fair chunk of his players will be good enough for the top flight, but he might have to enlist a good four, five or six new players if he is to be sure of being competitive at SPL level.

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