The Rangers board has hit out Dave King’s latest statement urging fans to withhold season ticket money labelling it as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘clearly designed to unsettle and mislead Rangers fans’ ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi final clash against Dundee United at Ibrox.
King had earlier released a statement claiming that the current Ibrox board had broken promises made to him, allegations that Rangers have labelled untrue and have now referred King’s comments to the club’s lawyers.
In a statement released via the official club website, the Board said: “The Board of Rangers Football Club notes with astonishment the statement issued this afternoon by Dave King.
“In his statement Mr King makes a number of untrue allegations against the Chairman and the Board of Rangers Football Club alleging bad faith and false representation. The Chairman and the Board refute all such allegations in the strongest terms and have referred Mr King’s statement to the Club’s legal advisors.
“Mr King clearly has elected to ignore the Board’s previous public statement following the Board’s meeting with him. In this statement, which was reviewed with him prior to issue, the Board stated that it will issue the results of the business review prior to the season ticket renewal window ending. This position remains unchanged and Mr King is well aware of this having sought personal confirmation on this matter from the Chairman as recently as yesterday. The business review period has not yet even ended, as Mr King is well aware, however he has elected to make yet another public statement to serve his own purposes.
When the Board met Mr King a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he did not want to put another penny into the Club and would prefer to see the Club using other investors’ money. The Board was therefore surprised, but gave him the benefit of the doubt when, a few days later, Mr King made media comments about a willingness to invest his money into the Club. This is an easy statement to make to the media but is contrary to what he told the whole Board.
“It is extremely disappointing that Mr King should consider it appropriate to issue this latest statement, clearly designed to unsettle and mislead Rangers fans, on the eve of an important Scottish Cup semi-final match. For someone who claims to have the interests of Rangers at heart and as an ex-director, King’s untrue comments are nothing short of disgraceful.”
All in all it is a headache the Rangers fans and especially manager Ally McCoist & his players do not need ahead of their Scottish Cup tie, a game that follows on from their Ramsdens Cup Final defeat to Raith Rovers last weekend. What are your thoughts?