Get Ann Budge on board, says Paul Murray

Rangers director Paul Murray has called for fresh thinking and new voices to be heard in the running of the game, suggesting it is time to get the likes of Hearts owner Ann Budge on board.

Hearts owner Ann Budge should be listened to, says Rangers director Paul Murray. Picture: SNS

Budge failed last summer to win a place on the SPFL board but Murray thinks it’s important she – and others – are listened to.

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“I actually think that when you talk about changes to Scottish football and league reconstruction that you have to get more fresh thinking and creative people involved,” Murray said.

“So if I was involved in shaping the game I would be talking to Ann Budge at Hearts, Roy McGregor at Ross County, Billy Allan at Partick Thistle I know well. These are people who have built very successful businesses who can add real value.

“We should be going to speak to them and saying: ‘Well, what do you think? You have been involved in shaping very successful organisations. What are your ideas in terms of moving Scottish football forward?’ It shouldn’t be confrontational. Every club wants will look after its own interests obviously, but I think we need to do a lot more stuff for the common good.”