Dave King needs ‘control’ for Rangers role

Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston (left) with former owner Craig Whyte. Picture: SNS
Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston (left) with former owner Craig Whyte. Picture: SNS
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FORMER Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston would be delighted to see former director Dave King return to the club, but believes the businessman would only get involved if he is given a significant level of control.

King’s last time at Rangers was halted over charges in South Africa in a tax dispute, but he has now agreed to pay almost £44million to the Revenue Service, and held talks at the weekend with Rangers chief executive Craig Mather,

Johnston said: “Dave King is a very bright guy, keeps his cards very close to his chest and I think his agenda, his experience and the care and attention he pays to financial matters could serve Rangers well.”

But he added: “Dave is not going to go in there in any ­circumstance where he doesn’t have a control. If Dave can’t see the role as chairman as being more than a figurehead then I don’t think he’ll be interested.”