06 Mar King vows to fix ‘broken’ Rangers
Dave King has vowed to fix “broken” Rangers and restore the club to its “rightful place” in Scottish football after he seized power at Ibrox following Friday’s EGM.
King’s prediction of a “landslide victory” proved to be accurate as the South African-based business man received 85 per cent of the votes cast as all resolutions were passed.
With Derek Llambias and Barry Leach ousted, a new board will be created with Paul Murray an interim chairman while Dave King undergoes the Scottish FA’s fit and proper person’s test.
John Gilligan and Douglas Park have also been appointed to the new board and King, alongside them, is determined to restore Rangers to its “rightful place” in Scottish football.
“It’s broken in many areas,” King said. “There’s footballing issues, infrastructural issues, scouting issues pretty much everything within the club has to be looked at, and it’s important that we get on top of that pretty quickly.
“We want Rangers back in its rightful place in Scottish football and we want them to go back to the value system and the ethos of what we grew up with which I think sadly has disappeared over the last couple of years.
“There was a real danger that if this continued we could have a lost generation because there is a time for fathers to take their sons to football matches.
“If it continued there could have been a whole bunch of kids who never had the fun, opportunity to go with their parents and develop the love for this great club.”
King is hopeful that the Light Blues, who are over 20 points behind league leaders Hearts, can gain promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season.
“There’s a possibility it wont happen this year,” he continued. “We are hoping with a full resumption of attention and energy from the fans that it might give the team a bit of pick up for the rest of the season.
“They’ll be playing in front of pretty large attendances from now on in hopefully they can get across the line this year but if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen.
“In year two with improved cashflow and investment even in the same league they should be investing in a squad that can take the club up anyway. I expect to see a big improvement of the quality regardless of what league we are in next season.”