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RANGERS fans call for Sandy Easdale to be sacked, Alex Ferguson says Hampden is an ideal venue for Euro 2020 matches and Celtic urged to focus on winning Europa League.

Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace  in the director's box with director James Easdale and shareholder Sandy Easdale. Picture: SNS
Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace in the director's box with director James Easdale and shareholder Sandy Easdale. Picture: SNS

Rangers fans call on board to sack Easdale

Rangers supporters have called on Rangers supporters to sack Sandy Easdale after he was pictured with fraudster Rafat Rizvi who is wanted by Interpol over his alleged involvement in the collapse of an Indonesian bank.

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Rangers released a statement saying that Rizvi was only in Glasgow as a representative of Datak Faizoull Bin Ahmad who is reportedly keen to invest.

The Malaysian businessmen has since denied this.

A Union of Fans spokesman said that it looks like Easdale has misled the board over Rizvi’s involvement. (Record)

• Concern over the financial future of Rangers has wiped £2.4m off the club’s stock market value as its share price slumped to an all-time low yesterday (Herald)

Rangers overcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle

A 78th minute goal from Lewis Macleod was enough to see the Ibrox side through to the third round of the league cup when they met Inverness at home last night.

The match was watched by a crowd of just over 15,000. (Scotsman)

Hampden ideal venue for Euro 2020 matches - Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Hampden’s status as the venue for one of the greatest ever European Cup finals should make it a leading candidate to become a Euro 2020 host.

Uefa has announced plans to mark its 60th anniversary by staging the European Championship across the continent.

And the retired Manchester United boss insists the rich history attached to Scotland’s national stadium cannot be 
ignored by the governing body’s executive committee when it announces the 13 host cities on Friday. (Scotsman)

Celtic urged to focus on Europa League success

Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to concentrate their energies on the pursuit of a successful Europa League run this season, even it inflicts collateral damage to their defence of the Scottish Premiership title.

Ronny Deila’s team begin their campaign in Austria tomorrow night against Red Bull Salzburg in a Group D which also includes Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb and Romanian Cup holders Astra Giurgiu. (Scotsman)

• Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has called on Scottish football supporters not to pre-judge Aleksandar Tonev while the Celtic winger awaits the outcome of an SFA investigation into claims he racially abused Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

• Napoli and Argentinian star Gonzalo Higuain says Celtic can win this season’s Europa League

IN BRIEF

• Alan Hutton has signed a new three year deal with Aston Villa