Mike Ashley appoints Barry Leach to Rangers board

Picture: John Devlin

Picture: John Devlin

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Mike Ashley has appeared to hit back in the battle for control at Rangers after Sports Direct executive Barry Leach was appointed finance director at Ibrox.

Leach, who is head of brands at Ashley’s sportswear firm, has been acting as a consultant at Rangers since late October but his appointment to the board was confirmed on Monday evening.

The appointment came hours after the club announced they had secured a £500,000 loan from football club chairman Sandy Easdale to provide working capital in the coming days.

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