RANGERS legend John Greig has given a glowing endorsement of Dave King’s takeover at Ibrox by insisting that the new board will seek to help the club rather than themselves.
Greig, voted the Greatest Ever Ranger by supporters, is delighted to be King’s guest at tomorrow’s home clash with Queen of the South which will be another massive symbolic moment for the long-suffering supporters.
The mere presence of the 72-year-old, who has a 50-year association with the club and won three Trebles as well as the European Cup Winners Cup in his extraordinary playing career, will further unify the Rangers support. And he has told them that they can trust the new regime to lead Rangers forward to their normal place of challenging for the major honours at the top of the game.
He has only been at Ibrox twice since quitting as a director in October 2011 after being ostracised by Craig Whyte but he will be proud to be there tomorrow night. Greig said: “I got the phone call from Dave who is a good friend of mine and I have known for quite a while and I was delighted to accept his offer.
“I think from the club’s point of view and the fans’ point of view it’s great news especially that they have a board now they can trust – a board full of Rangers-orientated people.
“They are there to help the club rather than help themselves. The supporters have been treated disgracefully and if anything I’m more pleased for them because now they can see some light at the end of the tunnel.
They are there to help the club rather than help themselvesJohn Greig
“The reason these men are taking over the club is because they were fed up – like everyone else – seeing it being dragged further and further down.
“They are supporters as well so they want the club restored to the position it used to hold. It might take a wee while but they will get there eventually. They can now put a bit of trust in those in charge and they can lead the club forward.”
No-one quite represents the history and tradition of Rangers quite like Greig and it has saddened him to see standards slip so badly. He said: “I think one of the most important things is that the club has to regain its self-respect – something it has lost in the last four years.
“Spirits will be so much higher and I’m sure we will see that on Tuesday night. I believe this will be the start of a new era for Rangers – I certainly hope it is for the supporters’ sake.”
Meanwhile, new director Douglas Park issued a statement last night insisting that Rangers are now in safe hands. He said: “It is our intention to begin immediately the process of repairing the considerable damage caused to this great club by people who should never have been allowed anywhere near Rangers.
“Now that Rangers are rid of the last of the previous Board we have every right to look forward with hope instead of wondering each day what other outrageous or destructive decisions might be taken. There has been an absence of corporate governance and time will be required to study the various contracts and deals which have been put in place. If further shocks are lurking among the paper and electronic trails then so be it.
“They will have to be faced and dealt with appropriately. But the abuse of this club is at an end.”
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