Rumour Mill: Rangers| Charles Green| Lennon| Wotte

Former Ranger chariman Alastiar Johnston suspicious of Craig Whyte and Charles Green; Neil Lennon’s war of words with SFA performance director; Commons a doubt for Celtic; plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip.
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte. Picture: SNSFormer Rangers owner Craig Whyte. Picture: SNS
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte. Picture: SNS

Former Rangers chariman Alastiar Johnston has said he was always suspicious about Charles Green working with Craig Whyte.

Johnstone speaking to the Daily Record said: “I’m concerned by what I have seen this week, but am I surprised?

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“No. I never thought for one minute Mr Whyte had walked away. His nature and his whole mission from day one was to profit by screwing the club for his own benefit. And he wasn’t going to give up whatever remnants of any leverage he had.

“Knowing what I do about how Mr Green and Mr Whyte were introduced with respect to the consortium of investors, there was a lot of common factors there.”

Johnston believes Rangers fans should scrutinise Charles Green to make sure he is acting in the best interests of the club. (Record)

Neil Lennon blasts ‘paranoid’ SFA performance director Mark Wotte

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has ­accused Mark Wotte of being “insecure and paranoid” after the Scottish ­Football Association performance ­director hit out at his recent comments on the state of the game.

Wotte said this week he was “stunned” to hear Lennon call for a panel of coaches to be established in order to suggest improvements because Celtic youth chief Chris McCart is on an SFA performance panel. (Scotsman)

Rangers fans’ group look for answers

Rangers fans’ group The Rangers Supporters Trust has called on Ibrox club directors to clarify Charles Green’s future. The Fans’ group has also called on former director Imran Ahmad to take legal action against Craig Whyte.

The group said in a statement: “Our club needs clarity over two major issues - the future of Charles Green an the ongoing claims of Craig Whyte.

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“Craig Whyte will never be an acceptable owner or investor in Rangers - his allegations appear outrageous and injurious to the club that only a court appearance will force him to provide conclusive evidence of his claims.” (Record)

Charles Green to face board

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.

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.

Kris Commons a doubt for Celtic semi final

Neil Lennon revealed last night that Kris Commons is facing a fitness battle to be fit for their Hampden semi final tomorrow.

Commons has been struggling with an ankle injury suffered against St Mirren on 31 March.

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is free to play in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals winning an appeal against his St Mirren Park red card.

Neil Lennon said: “Kris is a doubt. He’s not trained this week, but we are hoping he’ll be ok.” (Various)

Ross County to vote against league reconstruction

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor is ready to vote against plans for league reconstruction ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting despite intense pressure to accept the proposals from other SPL bosses.

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MacGregor has been thrust into the spotlight after Hearts threw their weight behind the plan and Aberdeen bosses suggested that jobs may be at stake if the plan didn’t get accepted.

The Ross County boss has said he would not go against fans wishes, after 97 per cent of County fans voted against the plans at a meeting in February. (Various)

Hearts fans’ buyout not scuppered by Romanov assets freeze

Hearts fans have claimed their bid to buyout the Tynecastle club is still intact even after Vladimir Romanov’s assets were frozen by a Lithuanian court.

The Foundation of Hearts are negotiating with other fan groups in a bid to arrange a buyout of Hearts shares from Romanov’s UBIG group.

Foundation of Hearts spokesperson Alastair Bruce said the developments were frustrating. He said: We must play a waiting game now as Mr Romanov decides whether or not to appeal.”