Rangers silent over emergency board meeting reports

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RANGERS last night said they were unable to comment on reports of an emergency board meeting yesterday.

Chairman Malcolm Murray is reported to have averted another attempt to remove him from the board, although club officials could not confirm the meeting had taken place.

Murray faces possible removal at an emergency general meeting following a request from a group of shareholders earlier this month.

The Rangers board confirmed earlier this month that it would post a notice to all shareholders convening a general meeting to consider the removal of Murray and Phil Cartmell as directors and the appointment of James Easdale and Chris Morgan to the board.

Greenock-based businessman Easdale previously stated he had a “delicate” deal to buy more shares in Rangers, believed to be those belonging to former chief executive Charles Green. Morgan was one of the original investors in Green’s consortium.

Meanwhile, former Rangers full-back Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes his old club still have the necessary spirit needed for them to make the journey back to the top of Scottish football.

The fallen Glasgow giants had to ply their trade in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season after financial problems saw the club forced into administration and, subsequently, liquidation.

The current circumstances of Rangers are very different to when Van Bronckhorst played at Ibrox between 1998 and 2001 and he has been saddened by their plight.

But he has kept tabs on his former club and says the spirit to succeed is still strong. “I talk with some ex-players now and then,” he said. “I read the papers and follow the stories so I know it has been quite a hectic time for the club. It is a bit sad to see but everyone is behind the club again. The fans are just trying to get the club back to the highest level as soon as possible.

“I think the spirit is still in the club and in the team. That is the most important thing. It is not nice to see the club play at such a low level.”