CHARLES Green is still ­pulling the strings at ­Rangers despite agreeing to sell his stake at Ibrox, a former director has claimed.

Paul Murray said he had been told the ex-chief executive was actively canvassing to shore up support for the current board of the League One club.

Mr Murray, who is among a group nominated to replace the current board, made the allegation shortly before addressing about 500 fans at a forum in Glasgow last night.

Leading businessman Jim McColl later alleged that his group which is attempting to force change at Rangers had received threats. Accountant Frank Blin has withdrawn his nomination.

Mr Murray told fans: "I feel Charles Green is involved. We went to see a shareholder last week and he told us that Charles Green had been to see him the previous day.

"You have to ask, if Charles Green has sold his shares and is no longer involved with the club, why is he going to see shareholders to influence them to vote for the board?"

Mr Green announced in August this year that he had agreed to sell his stake in the club to bus tycoon and ­director Sandy Easdale and would "have no ongoing influence".

It came after he stood down from the board for a second time, following ­allegations of links to the club's former owner Craig Whyte.

Speaking at the Glasgow Grosvenor Hilton, Mr Murray warned that it means there must be a 'risk' the former chief executive would be involved if the current board survives the forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM).

He added: "When you hear things like last week, you feel a little bit concerned."

Mr Murray and the other nominees, former chairman Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch spoke at the event in the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel.

Meanwhile, Mr McColl would not elaborate on his threats claims. Mr Blin, a former executive chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, withdrew from seeking nomination to the board in September.

Mr McColl said: "We've had threats, a number of us have dropped out because of those threats."

Scott Murdoch claimed that Jack Irvine, a PR consultant to the board, is being paid "£40,000 a month plus a £100,000 bonus" if he protects the existing board. Mr Irvine later denied this on Twitter, saying: These figures are wild fantasy."

None of the Rangers ­directors were present at the meeting.

Mr Murray called for ­director Norman Crighton, Graham Wallace, chief executive, and chairman David Somers, to prove their independence from previous regimes.

A Rangers spokesman said: "We believe fans do not want to go back to the days of administration, relegation, boardroom strife and infighting which will ultimately prevent Rangers competing once again at the highest level.

"We believe that this could be a result of what McColl's group is offering."