The comment came after Albion fans raised concerns over their manager Greig McDonald missing next month’s game against the Ibrox side due to his wedding. King had said: “The wedding was fixed long before the H*ns were contemplating entry into League 3.”
King added on the forum: “Rangers fans scarcely covered themselves in glory when they visited for a friendly last year and what did we get? Unruly behaviour, flares and unacceptable songs. The police are only too well aware of what we might see on October 6 and will be manned up accordingly.”
His comments draw condemnation from both Stirling fans and Rangers fans alike, before Stirling operations director Stuart Brown announced King’s resignation with immediate effect.
A statement on the official website read:
“In response to the article in today’s Daily Record, with regard to the comments made on an unofficial fans’ forum, on behalf of everyone associated with the Club, I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused to Rangers FC and their supporters. I have spoken with Mr King this morning and, without hesitation, he intimated that he will be stepping down, with immediate effect, from all involvement at SAFC.
“I would wish to assure Rangers FC and their fans that nothing apart from the hand of friendship will be extended to them at Forthbank Stadium on 6 October, and indeed at any time.
“We have a very close and healthy relationship with Rangers that has been built up over many years and I fervently hope that this isolated (unacceptable) incident will not serve to impact detrimentally on this.
“We have the utmost respect for the Club and their supporters and I have been particularly impressed by the manner in which Charles Green, his associates, and, perhaps most significantly, their fans have handled themselves during what has been an extremely difficult period in their proud Club’s history.”
King made a statement via the official site, apologising for his comments, he said: “I apologise unreservedly for remarks which I made on a Stirling Albion unofficial website in respect of Rangers FC. In so doing, I am removing myself forthwith from any further involvement with Stirling Albion FC in any capacity. I hope that both clubs will now be able to move forward unbesmirched by my actions and I wish them well for the future. I will be making no further comment.”