Propaganda and politicking have been rife since Charles Green's spell in charge of the club descended into acrimony. As the rift has grown between the directors and the supporters, so too has the level of manipulation of information. Some fans are attuned to the nuances, but others are lost to what must feel like the chaos of a conflict.
When news was leaked of Craig Mather's trip to South Africa to meet Dave King, the former Ibrox director, it was greeted, rarely, with almost unanimous acclaim by the support. The outcome was the possibility of King returning as chairman of Rangers International Football Club. There were difficulties to overcome, not least that the natural flow of stories prompted a breach of the Alternative Investment Market's rules on the publication of sensitive information, but there has also been confusion.
Most of it is spin. A source close to Ibrox has briefed that King would have difficulties with the Scottish Football Association's fit and proper person criteria, and that AIM would block his appointment because of the 41 breaches of the Income Tax act in South Africa that King was fined for earlier in the year. Yet King and his lawyers have investigated the situation with regards to the SFA and are more than comfortable he will face no problems should the governing body receive a proposition for him to join the RIFC board.
AIM, too, do not block director appointments, although a company's nominated advisor (Nomad) - which manages the stock exchange listing - will take soundings before approving directorships. King has completed all of the relevant paperwork and there is no impediment to his return.
Despite now having the proxies for the shareholders who were part of the consortium Green led to buy the club last summer, and the subsequent fall from grace of Green and his colleague Imran Ahmad in the eyes of the support, the Easdale brothers, Sandy and James, cannot be pigeonholed. They are Rangers fans, said to want to remain involved with the club, and naturally they want to protect their shareholding.
Sandy Easdale released a statement on Saturday, during Rangers' 4-3 victory over Brechin City, in which he said that he did not want to get involved in "tit for tat" exchanges. It was released by Jack Irvine, of Mediahouse, who represents the Easdales and also what is left of the board. Yet the source close to Ibrox has been briefing about the brothers, about King, about the entire situation.
The club needs additional financing in the coming years - King is willing to underwrite a fresh share issue, which would dilute the holdings of current investors unless they put more money in themselves - and a board that includes directors who are experienced in corporate governance. A solution needs to be found, and the Easdale brothers have reached out to the camp of Paul Murray, one of four businessmen who will be nominated as new directors at the forthcoming annual general meeting.
The shareholders behind Murray represent around 28% of total, yet the source close to Ibrox claims that the Easdales own, have the proxy for, or the support of, up to 50%. If that was the case, Sandy and James Easdale could simply appoint directors and executive management staff of their own choosing, in the knowledge their block vote would defeat any challenges at the agm. Instead, the votes that both sides can count on are relatively similar, and neither group can be sure of prevailing. So the brothers have an opportunity to show the leadership that the situation requires.
Some fans, generally those active online, are aware of the way that information has to be sifted to gain sight of the reality. Others must be bemused by the claims and counter claims. One consequence has been growing activism, something that has not always come naturally to the Rangers support. Last Thursday, days after the departures of Craig Mather and Bryan Smart from the board, an advertising truck drove round Ibrox bearing the message in large letters: "two down, three more to go", alongside pictures of Stockbridge and the Easdales.
It was arranged by the Sons of Struth, a group independent of all the other fan organisations that is campaigning for boardroom change. The posturing now needs to end. If the Nomad cannot broker an agreement among the shareholders over who to appoint to the board, then AIM will step in reluctantly, and could suspend the shares.
Yet there is room for consensus, and hearts and minds can still be won over. It is time for all the individuals involved, on all sides, to make decisions that are in the best interests of Rangers. That, after all, is what custodians must do to ensure the long-term future of the club.