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Mather in as former CEO Green set to be investigated by Serious Fraud Office

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rangers-logoRangers announced earlier today that the Ibrox board have appointed Craig Mather as the club’s interim Chief Executive Officer. replacing Charles Green who quit last week.

The club will continue looking for a permanent replacement for Green, but Mather has already lodged his interest on securing the post permanently.

Mather currently holds 1,800,000 ordinary shares in Rangers International Football Club Plc, representing 3.1% of the company’s share issue.

Chairman Malcolm Murray said: “Craig’s appointment will allow the company and the club to keep moving forward. Craig has invested £1m of his own money in the club and is committed to playing an active part in delivering future success for Rangers. He will lead the business on a day-to-day basis but I want to make it clear we are in a healthy position financially following the successful flotation of the company in December.”

On his appointment, Mather added: “I could not stand here and tell you I have always been a Rangers fan but I can say, with profound honesty, that I have been around football all my life and I have known of Rangers and their huge successes for many years. I am well aware of what this club means to so many people. I have been working at Rangers for the last year or so and the commitment and passion from the supporters never ceases to amaze me. They deserve so much better than they’ve been getting of late. My job will be to make sure the work is put in to make them even prouder to be Rangers fans.”

Meanwhile, the Serious Fraud Office has been sent a file of information with claims about the conduct of former Rangers chief executive Charles Green and commercial director Imran Ahmad.

A company, which has bought into one of Whyte’s companies, said information had been found in relation to Craig Whyte’s case to secure control of Rangers once again.

Worthington, told the London Stick Exchange: “During the course of the company’s due diligence process, relating to its purchase of a stake in Law Financial, information has been discovered relating to the conduct of Mr Charles Green and Mr Imran Ahmad, this has today been reported to the Serious Fraud Office.”

It has also been made public that Green has agreed to sell his shares to Bus tycoon James Easdale. The Easdale brothers currently own around 6% of the company running the club, but are understood to want more and want a place on the Ibrox board.

However, there is some concern from the Ibrox board over Sandy Easdale’s past as he was jailed in 1997 for VAT fraud.

The sale of Green’s shares cannot take place until December, but has informed the Ibrox board he wants to cut all ties with the club and company asap.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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