South African based businessman and Rangers coup d’etat leader Dave King has called on the club’s supporters to stay away from the EGM at Ibrox so as not to give the current Rangers board an excuse to further delay their potential overthrowing.
In a statement released hours after a second venue cancelled Rangers’ booking to host the EGM, the businessman said: “There has been coverage in the media alleging concern by club directors about their personal safety and verbal abuse from Rangers fans and while unrest is understandable any anger must be peacefully channelled towards the removal of directors from the board.
“It is not the Rangers way to threaten individuals on a personal basis and there should be zero tolerance for this.
“I have already expressed my views on the decision to have the General Meeting in London and I was appealing to fans not to travel. However, while Ibrox can easily accommodate everyone who wants to go I believe fans who are also shareholders should still ensure that a properly completed proxy is in place beforehand. The meeting will last only a few minutes as there is no debate beforehand.
“It was always my intention to vote by proxy and not travel to London and it remains the case that I will be in Glasgow with my fellow directors ready to commence the business of the day.”
The club’s recent AGM was overshadowed by shareholders firing abuse and hate filled bile towards the current incumbents of the Ibrox board. With some having to be physically restrained by security staff.
King added: “With a second London hotel declining to host the General Meeting members of the Rangers board and the company’s Nomad must now accept Ibrox as the best and obvious venue.
“They all have a profound responsibility to the shareholders and fans to hold this meeting within the suggested time frame and so the proxy process must continue as planned. Therefore it is absolutely vital that Rangers fans, who are shareholders, and all other shareholders continue to follow procedure.
“Votes must be cast with Capita by 10am on March 2 and hopefully we will then be able to confirm that the resolutions have been approved well in advance of the actual meeting.”
Rangers will issue a further statement in the near future on when the re-scheduled EGM will take place at Ibrox.