Rangers’ Imran Ahmad in McCoist, Smith ‘web slurs’

IMRAN Ahmad is almost certain to leave Rangers after an internal probe implicated the director in a series of rants published online condemning senior club figures, including Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.

Rangers director Imran Ahmad. Picture: SNS

• Rangers director Imran Ahmad implicated over fan forum posts criticising Ally McCoist, Walter Smith and Malcolm Murray

• Former owner Craig Whyte to be “destroyed in court” by Charles Green, IamRangers alleges

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• Anonymous poster accuses Smith and McCoist of “trying to take control of the club without putting any money in”

Ahmad, seen as a key ally to former chief executive Charles Green, is alleged to have posted messages on a fans forum as IamRangers criticising Smith and McCoist for “trying to take control of the club without putting any money in”.

Another post claims that the ousted Green would return to Rangers once former owner Craig Whyte was “destroyed in court”.

Criticisms of Macolm Murray and Smith’s lack of desire to cut costs at Murray Park, and an assertion that Murray was not “chairman material”, were also allegedly published by Ahmad.

Details of a supposed takeover bid by Greenock bus tycoon Sandy Easdale were also revealed in another post.

IT workers at Rangers have reportedly linked the rants to a club work email used by Ahmad as staff probe a workstation used by the director.

A club insider told the Daily Record: “The board are currently investigating. Certainly there is a lot of detailed information in these posts.

“Negotiations are being held over a package with a view to Ahmad leaving the business.

“He is still an employee and hasn’t been found guilty of anything but it is unlikely he will be back at Ibrox.

Rangers Supporters Assembly’s Andy Kerr says: “If it is the case that these postings have come from Mr Ahmad, it is disgraceful and more evidence of the turmoil that the club is in.

“To stab men like Walter Smith and Ally McCoist in the back is disgraceful given their service to the club.

“It’s bad enough when fans are slagging off the club and one another on the internet, so if there is evidence a director has this he has to go.”

Ahmad posts

IamRangers, an account suspected to belong to Rangers director Imran Ahmad, posted messages anticipating Charles Green’s return to Ibrox, expressing a desire to see Craig Whyte “get hot tar all over his b******* after he’s been destroyed in court.”

Another post alleged that Whyte had been “humoured” into depositing money into an account linked to Ahmad so that he could feel part of the process of Green’s takeover.

The post added: “Whyte sent £137.5k late, undervalued ie not £500k. Legally that was the end of Whyte’s involvement as he failed at the first hurdle.”

Elsewhere, IamRangers said: “MM/WS running RFIC into the ground by not cutting costs at Murray Park from £10m to £5m.”

Another post claims that Ahmad owns 40 to 50 per cent of the club via proxy investors.
It goes on to say: “He’ll then call an EGM and vote the PLC board off and stick better directors on.”

“I believe Sandy Easdale may perhaps be acquiring under option 29.9 per cent of the entire issued share cpaital of RFIC with full voting rights,” another post says.

It adds: “If this happens in next few days Sandy will basically control RFIC.”