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Communications chief Jim Traynor leaves Rangers

Jim Traynor, who today left his role as Director of Communications at Rangers. Picture: SNS

Jim Traynor, who today left his role as Director of Communications at Rangers. Picture: SNS

  • by DAVID GUNN
 

RANGERS today confirmed that Director of Communications Jim Traynor has parted company with the club.

The former BBC and Daily Record journalist joined the club in December last year, after 37 years as a sports writer.

His final newspaper column criticised bloggers and journalists, calling them ‘despicable, pathetic little creatures’ due to their coverage of Rangers’ financial problems.

He wrote: “Perhaps in time more will be written about this kind of hack and the rabid desire to help bring down Rangers, a fierce desire that, sadly, was widespread.

“Was it always there, a dormant fury against Rangers and their fans, who deserve enormous credit for having saved their club, just waiting for the catalyst?”

He added: “My work here is done and I’m glad – but just for the record, I’ve not been sacked or made redundant. I was asked to remain, but my conscience won’t allow me to stay in our profession.

“The kind of journalism needed by the country, never mind sport, no longer exists in enough of the media outlets.”

Traynor’s role, according to a club statement released shortly after his appointment was announced, was to ‘oversee the development of all media platforms, including Rangers TV, digital, online and print publications.’

He was to be supported in his role as head of media by Rangers’ own in-house team along with Media House, Jack Irvine’s PR agency.

The club today told STV that Traynor’s departure had been ‘mutual’ and ‘part of cost-cutting’ at the Ibrox club.

 

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