Rumour mill: Rangers finances | Wallace | Gough

RANGERS chief executive Graham Wallace says Rangers are not under threat from administration; Neil Lennon scoffs at Rangers’ 2017 Scottish Premiership title goal as “ambitious”; Richard Gough calls for Rangers board to go, plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip

Ibrox Stadium. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Wallace at odds with Easdale over Rangers finance

Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace has insisted that major shareholder Sandy Easdale was not speaking for the Ibrox club when he cast serious doubt on their financial position and repeated his own assertion there is “no threat” of a second administration. Responding to claims by Easdale that the Ibrox club’s finances were in a “fragile” state, he said: “I’ve gone on record before to say there would be no threat of administration and my position today is exactly the same. There is no change to my view based on the club’s current position and our future projections.” (Scotsman)

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Rangers’ 2016/17 title goal ‘ambitious’ - Lennon

Rangers will have to spend big if they are to achieve their “ambitious” goal of knocking Celtic off their perch in three years’ time, according to Hoops boss Neil Lennon. When asked about Rangers’ goal to win the Scottish Premiership title in 2017, Lennon said: “They would need to spend a lot of money I think,” Lennon said. “Whether they have that money, I don’t know. That’s three years down the line (2017), it is ambitious.” (Scotsman)

Rangers board must go, says Richard Gough

Former Rangers captain Richard Gough has urged the Rangers board to go following revelations the board has lost £70 million over the last 18 months and may yet accept bonuses. On a message posted to his Facebook account, the former Scotland international said: “So we have spent £70m in 18 months! Yet this board doesn not deny that they will receive bonuses. Season-ticket renewals in cash or cheque! Incredible. A review that has taken 120 days which could have taken 10. Your time is up guys. Please leave the building!” (Daily Mail)

Hibs’ players criticism was right, says Butcher

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has backed his players to come good following stinging criticism from within his own squad of recent performances. Hibernian, who are threatened with relegation ahead of tomorrow’s game with Hearts, who are already destined to play Championship football next season, were called “soft” and “spoiled” by Ben Williams. In response, Butcher said: “He was very honest. I think some of Kevin Thomson’s quotes this week have been very good as well, about sticking the chest out and showing more pride. That’s terrific.” (Scotsman)