In what must be one of the most bizarre interviews ever done, former Rangers chief executive Charles Green lay flat-out in his hospital bed speaking to Sky Sports presenter Jim White – in something that was more reminiscent of a bedside confessional in Carry on Nurse.
An emotional Green hit back at his critics over the way he ran the Ibrox side and gave his backing to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and his team including current Rangers chief Derek ‘charisma bypass’ Llambias.
The cringeworthy interview [on par with his alternative Christmas speech & Greenisms]a new low for both Green and interviewer Jim White – followed on from the Yorkshireman having an operation on his knee doped up with morphine.
Green rubbished claims that he had ‘raped and pillaged’ Rangers and in what must go down as the worst piece of acting since Robert Duvall’s Scottish accent in ‘A Shot at Glory’ Green shed crocodile tears for dramatic Shakespearean effect.
An emotional Green, possibly due to the catheter up his wee boaby rather than his love of Rangers, said: “The current team are doing a great job. I don’t like Mike Ashley but that doesn’t mean that he is not the right man for the job. I happen to think that his team are the right people. Derek Llambias might have had a charisma by-pass but actually he is good guy doing a good job.
“The reality is that these people have done nothing but good, they haven’t taken anything out of Rangers, they have just put money in. Sandy Easdale is the same – but the fans are slaughtering him. Sandy has just one charge and one conviction against him – Dave King admitted to 40 [was actually 41 charges] to settle with the South Africa authorities.”
Defending his time at the club and hitting out at former manager Ally McCoist, Green added: “Let’s be clear, I raised £35m for that club when it was in a much worse situation than it is now. I was sat in meetings with Rod Petrie who was saying ‘Just hand the titles back, hand the cups back’ and we didn’t do that. I stood up and fought for Rangers.
“My salary was £360,000 a year. It was going to be double that but we were in the SPL. When we were thrown out the SPL I halved my salary. Ally McCoist refused to so he kept his £760,000. I though the chief executive previously, Martin Bain, was on more than I was on but I reduced my salary to £360,000.
“I was entitled to stock option twice my salary and I didn’t take them. So all this rubbish that Charles Green raped and pillaged that club is not true.”
And in what must be music to the ears of all those Rangers fans glutton for punishment, Green intimated that he may return to Ibrox once day.
He added: “There’s times when I think I shouldn’t have left it I should have stayed. It’s things like today that make me think I should go back.”