Rangers board receive threats

Three members of the Rangers board have lodged complaints to the police after violent threats were made against them.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 19:16 Post Comment

Brian Stockbridge and Sandy Easdale were two of three Rangers board members who

Brian Stockbridge and Sandy Easdale were two of three Rangers board members who

Sandy Easdale, chairman of Rangers Football Board, his brother James and Brian Stockbridge all received threats on a fans' website.

One image on the website, which cannot be named, contained a picture of Stockbridge with the caption stating "where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him".

Another posting advocates "torching" McGill's Buses, which are owned by the Easdale brothers.

Stockbridge, the Rangers financial director, was one of the five board members re-elected at Thursday's annual general meeting.

Solicitors have asked police to investigate violent threats made against him and the Easdales.

Rangers chairman David Somers believes the "majority" of the Light Blues' support trusts the board despite the stormy scenes at the AGM.

The Rangers board were booed on to the stage but emerged triumphant after all five directors were re-elected and their four opponents failed in their bid to be appointed.

Under-fire finance director Brian Stockbridge, who received a particularly rough ride from those who attended the AGM, received 65.3 per cent backing from shareholders while his four colleagues, Norman Crighton, James Easdale and chief executive Graham Wallace, who subsequently won over most of the body of the meeting, all secured more than three-quarters of the support.

The four so-called requisitioners - former Rangers oldco director Paul Murray, former chairman Malcolm Murray, Alex Wilson and Scott Murdoch - all polled close to 30 per cent of votes to scupper their hopes.

The fall-out from the meeting had Gers supporters and fans' representatives talking about boycotts and refusing to renew season tickets amid general disgruntlement.

Asked if he accepted there was a lack of trust in the board from the fans, Somers said: "Just at the beginning (of the AGM) there were boos but the rest of the meeting was very orderly.

"I was pleased that I got a nice round of applause after my speech which I thought was very generous of them.

"I thought the questions were fair and overall, I thought the mood of the meeting was very positive.

"Hopefully it cleared the air and we can build on that and take the club forward in terms of stability.

"I think there is trust from the majority of the fans but having looked at the dark corporate history of the club, I understand why, for some of the fans' groups, there is some distrust. It is our job to build up the trust but it will take time."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

MLS: Thierry Henry scores as New York seal draw with Real Salt Lake

New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry scored his side's equaliser as they secured a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Manuel Pellegrini says Stevan Jovetic could be a key player this season

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks Stevan Jovetic is set for an excellent 2014/15 campaign.

Liverpool beat Manchester City after a Yankee Stadium penalty shoot-out

Liverpool beat Premier League rivals Manchester City on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a pre-season friendly in New York.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property