Charles Green faces grilling from Rangers board

Rangers chief executive Charles Green. Picture: SNS
Rangers chief executive Charles Green. Picture: SNS
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RANGERS chief executive Charles Green will attend a meeting of the club’s board before today’s match against Clyde at which he is expected to be questioned by directors after a tumultuous week.

• Rangers supporters group call for clarification on Charles Green’s position

• Rangers Supporters’ Trust call on Green and Ahmad to take legal action against Craig Whyte

• Tennent’s join condemnation of Charles Green as they lodge formal complaint to Ibrox hierarchy

• Green goes on offensive over STV reports of involvement with Craig Whyte

Green’s outlandish comments in recent days have put him at the centre of a media storm. On Wednesday, he was handed a Scottish Football Association Notice of Complaint after referring to Imran Ahmad as his “little Paki friend” in a newspaper interview.

Former owner Craig Whyte has also alleged close links with the pair during their consortium’s purchase of the Ibrox club’s assets last year.

Last night Green issued a statement denying claims that he signed off on Whyte’s appointment as a director of the company used in the initial stages of his buyout.

STV reported that it had seen documents lodged at Companies House which appeared to show Green’s signature verifying the appointments of Whyte and his associate Aidan Earley as directors of Sevco 5088 Limited.

But a Rangers statement said: “Mr Green is appalled by this blatant attempt to discredit him. These documents are not correct or valid and he did not sign Craig Whyte or his associate on as directors of Sevco 5088.

“Mr Green was the sole director of Sevco 5088 until he resigned and became the founder director of Sevco Scotland, formed by Scottish solicitors.

“If this documentation was correct then, as Sevco 5088 was formed as the initial bid vehicle, the administrators would have been negotiating a sale of the club to a company which had a director who was clearly forbidden from being involved with it. Furthermore, it should strike people as deeply suspicious that these documents are being filed today 11 months after they were supposedly signed and on other documents Mr Green’s home address has been mysteriously changed without his knowledge.

“Furthermore, notice was filed publicly in January this year by Field Fisher Waterhouse and is on record at Companies House company seeking to strike off the company, yet four months later directors’ appointments are now being supposedly filed.

“As stated previously these matters are now in the hands of lawyers who are preparing a file to be sent to Police Scotland and Mr Green cannot comment further on the details of that process.”

Green has also caused upset among fans after reports emerged suggesting he had instructed manager Ally McCoist to dispense with the services of right-hand men Kenny McDowall and Ian Durrant.

McDowall stepped in for McCoist at yesterday’s pre-match briefing ahead of this afternoon’s visit of Clyde. But he refused to be drawn on whether he had any doubts over his own role at Rangers, saying only: “I’ve not got any comment to make on that.”

The Rangers No 2 was also tight-lipped when quizzed on recent headlines relating to off-field issues.

Former owner Craig Whyte has claimed he was involved in the new company that took control at Ibrox last summer – months after his actions plunged the club into administration. Green then found himself in hot water with the Scottish Football Association for allegedly breaching rules in relation to “offensive and racist comments.”

Asked if Rangers’ reputation had been dented over the last couple of weeks, McDowall replied: “It’s not really my position to comment on that, I’m here to comment on the football side of things. We’re delighted we’ve got to this stage of the season and we’re 24 points ahead. We’ve got a game at home tomorrow against Clyde that we are looking forward to.”

A Rangers fans’ group yesterday called on the club’s directors to step in and clarify Green’s future following the outlandish comments in recent days that have put him at the centre of a media storm. The Rangers Supporters’ Trust has also called on Green and former club director Ahmad to take legal action against Whyte over his claims that he was involved in the Sevco deal that saw Green assume power.

A statement said: “The board of the Rangers Supporters’ Trust today calls for the future of chief executive Charles Green to be decided by the board of the club and for Charles Green and Imran Ahmad to pursue legal action against Craig Whyte.

“Our club needs clarity over two major issues – the future of Charles Green and the ongoing claims of Craig Whyte.

“The proper places for these two to be handled are, respectively, the Ibrox boardroom and a court of law. The board of the club has enjoyed the backing of the overwhelming majority of the Rangers Family and to date no valid concern about its operation or composition has been aired.”