Rangers takeover: Charles Green reveals plan to rename Murray Park
RANGERS supporters will be given the chance to rename the Murray Park training ground, according to Charles Green, who leads consortium trying to buy the ailing Glasgow club.
Green met yesterday with the Rangers Fans’ Fighting Fund and he described the meeting as “constructive”.
One of the issues raised was the Rangers training complex at Auchenhowie, opened in July 2001 and named after Sir David Murray, the club’s then owner who has come under fire after selling to Craig Whyte last year.
If Green can bring the club out of administraton through a Company Voluntary Agreement, season-ticket holders will get the chance to change the name in homage to Moses McNeil, one of the club’s founding fathers, or legendary winger Davie Cooper.
After the meeting Green released a statement which read: “I had a very constructive meeting with the Rangers Fans’ Fighting Fund today and we discussed a wide range of issues.
“We are united in recognising that a successful outcome to the CVA proposal is extremely important for the club, our fans and many businesses who have dealings with Rangers. Approval of the CVA would give everyone a huge boost of confidence.
“I provided the fans with further details of my consortium’s vision for the future of Rangers.
“Understandably, supporters are wary, given the recent past at Ibrox, but I will continue to have dialogue with the fans and inform them every step of the way. We will be taking Rangers forward to better days and one idea I put forward today is my plan to rename Murray Park.
“Following discussions with the supporters, we will be asking season-ticket holders to vote on whether to rename Murray Park, either the Moses McNeil Academy or the Davie Cooper Academy. We will be asking supporters to vote when they renew their season-tickets.
“We also discussed the situation with the SFA player embargo and I made it clear that the club’s position remains that we want to see a satisfactory outcome. We hope that in trying to achieve this there is general recognition this has become a difficult and complex issue for everyone.”
An RFFF spokesman said: “We had a constructive meeting today. Mr Green is fully aware of the issues we are concerned with but we made good progress in discussions. The main thing is getting the CVA approved. Once that happens fans will see that as a major milestone. There will be other milestones and if they are passed successfully it will be beneficial for the club and the fans.”
Meanwhile, Rangers have confirmed they will again travel to Germany for their pre-season tour this summer. Ally McCoist’s men will play three games, against Eintracht Braunschweig (20 July), Armenia Bielefeld (25 July) and an as yet un-named opponent (22 or 23 July).
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