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MILLER spoke after Rangers came from behind to beat Queen of the South at Ibrox on Saturday and move to within three points of Hearts at the top of the table.
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Keith Jackson: Rangers are in need of life-saving surgery but who should be holding the knife.. Mike Ashley or Dave King?

WITH Rangers back on the brink KEITH says the time has come for the Ibrox board to pick a saviour before it’s too late - and it’s a straight choice between two men.


RANGERS are back on a life support machine.
There may only be enough money in the vault to keep them breathing until the end of next month and that’s with the help of the Elastoplast treatment the current board is attempting to apply in the shape of a £4million share issue.
The truth is this business is broken again and if those in charge of it are not running around the Blue Room with their underpants on their heads they should be because the time has come for complete and all-out panic.
Even if they can somehow scramble enough spare cash to repay £1.5m worth of emergency loans to George Letham and Sandy Easdale and to cover the next wage bill at the end of this month their gravy train is clattering towards the end of the line.
The smart money says they’ll just about avoid the horrors and ignominy of administration by the skin of their teeth until, at some point in October, they press the big red button at an AGM and pass a resolution on the urgent release of even more new shares. At which point the game will change for good.

As things stand this morning, two men are currently jostling for position as this club’s potential saviours.
There are others tapping their toes on the sidelines and some of them are making all the right noises but the fact remains the duo at the front and centre of this dance are Mike Ashley and Dave King.
One of them plans to make as much money out of the club as he possibly can. The other insists he wants to gift it £30m.
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You’d think it would be a straightforward choice but then this is Rangers we are dealing with – a club that abandoned good logic and sound reason when it disappeared through Craig Whyte’s looking glass.

My information is that both Ashley and King were asked (perhaps even pleaded with) to underwrite the latest begging-bowl approach to the city of London. Both declined but for different reasons.
And yet, intriguingly, both remain sitting at the table with a stake in the game at this late stage.
Ashley’s motivation is simple. He smells an earner.
On the one hand he has to keep Rangers alive – and away from the clutches of administrators – in order to protect a retail contract that was generously handed to him by Charles Green and which has since been described by those who have seen its content as a licence to print money.

Green’s generosity with other people’s cash knows no bounds. He was so delighted to take Ashley’s £1m he invited this crafty Cockney to name his terms on a seven-year shirt deal which is worth its weight in gold. To Ashley’s Sports Direct, that is.
Even Craig Mather, who subsequently replaced Green in the role of CEO and seemed not to have the first idea of what he was doing there, was bright enough to identify the flaws in this particular arrangement.
“It’s the worst, most one-sided commercial contract I’ve ever seen,”was how he described it to Walter Smith’s board.
Rangers have tried hard to find a way out of it but Ashley’s lawyers left them no wriggle room. Reluctantly, the current chief executive Graham Wallace has branded it “unbreakable”.
No wonder then that Ashley is ready and willing to shore this thing up as, if Rangers were to be tipped back under, the first thing to be ripped up would be this deal which still has five years left to run.
The numbers involved, although unclear, will run into millions of pounds a year. Put it this way this revenue stream is so important to Ashley that just last week he saw the value in fuelling up his private
helicopter and sending it to Greenock to collect Sandy Easdale from a bus depot and flying him
down south for an urgent face-to-face talks.

This pair have formed something of an alliance in recent weeks and months and if Ashley is to push for control of Rangers he will do so with Easdale’s full backing.
His problem is the SFA jurisdiction which, because of his position at St James’ Park, forbids him from owning more than 10 per cent of a Scottish club.
Couple of likely lads that they are, Ashley and Easdale may yet attempt to circumnavigate this in some
way but certainly not by doing something as blatant as underwriting this latest share issue.   



My information is King was also asked to pony up £4m after being approached by the club’s nomad Daniel Stewart. His initial response was to ask if they were being serious as it is King’s belief four million quid will not touch the sides of the problems faced by this basket case of a football club.
Those close to King maintain that – despite an extended period of silence from his South African bunker – he remains deadly serious about pumping as much as £30m into Ibrox.
In fact they suspect he is now closer than ever to getting his way and obliterating a chunk of his children’s inheritance as the Rangers saga enters this next crucial phase.
But, even so, King declined to put his name to the share issue because his requests for information about the true state of the club’s financial health were turned down by Stewart. He was told any such disclosures would be a breach of stock market regulations.
King was then stunned to learn that a third party – another who was approached and asked to underwrite the issue – was given full sight of the documents he had asked to see.

That third party, by the way, having looked under the hood, ran for the hills with £4m wedged in his pocket.
It is now King’s view he was been deliberately blocked by the Rangers board from getting involved although the truth of the matter is the current regime is split down the middle.
In fact, CEO Wallace is very much on King’s side. He has clashed personally with Ashley over that
ridiculously onerous retail deal and has grave concerns about the diligence in allowing him to carve himself another even bigger portion of the Rangers pie.
It’s just a pity for King that Wallace is effectively powerless and at the head of a PLC board which doesn’t have the authority to chose its own underwear never mind decide when the time has come to place pants on heads.
King will have to find a way of convincing Big Sandy his is the only way out of this gathering crisis and his money will have to do the talking if he is to win the argument.

Easdale is the man who continues to call the shots on the inside as a result of his alliances with Green’s people in Blue Pitch Holdings and Margarita Holdings. And he sees Ashley as some sort of kindred spirit, albeit a far more wealthy and successful one.
And while all this infighting is going on auditors from Deloitte are now just weeks away from signing off on the latest accounts which must be completed by no later than the end of this month. With
season tickets down and cash running out they will have little choice to confirm in writing what the rest of us already know to be true.

Rangers are on a life support machine and life-saving surgery is required.
The only question now is a simple one: Who do they want holding the knife?
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Miller: Race to title will be open



KENNY MILLER has dismissed predictions the SPFL Championship will be a two-horse race between Hearts and Rangers this season.


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The Ibrox side jumped above Queen of the South into second spot in the table with their 4-2 victory over their Palmerston Park rivals on Saturday.
The win kept them just three points behind the Jambos, who thrashed Falkirk 4-1 at Tynecastle.
Only four league games have been played in the 2014/15 campaign, but already it seems the Hearts and Rangers squads are superior to those of their rivals.
But Miller, whose weekend strike was his first goal in a competitive fixture since returning to the Light Blues in the summer, feels other clubs could challenge.
And he reckons the Queen of the South display on Saturday - Jim McIntyre’s team twice took the lead - shows that the Gers face a battle every week.
Miller said: “We never thought that winning the Championship would be a gimme.
“We are favourites and I think rightly so.
“I have always said that come May I think we will win the league.
“There is no doubt about it. But Hearts, Hibs, Queen of the South and others have shown against us that no-one is going to make it easy.
“We are not going to be handed it and we are going to have to earn it. We are going to have to work and play better.
“We will get better as the season goes on, but it is not going to be easy.”
Miller added: “We are just four games in so you can’t narrow it down to ourselves and Hearts.
“I thought Hibs were fantastic when they played us in the Petrofac Training Cup.
“Despite their start, I think they will be there or thereabouts as well and I also reckon Queen of the South have started great.
“It is definitely not a gimme because it is going to be long and hard but with the quality we have in that dressing room, we firmly believe that come May we will be at the top.”
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Prophet warning as fresh protests overshadow Rangers win



RANGERS came out on top in a thrilling contest with Queen of the South at the weekend to leapfrog their opponents in the SPFL Championship.


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It was difficult viewing for the Rangers board as fans mounted protests during the Queen of the South game

Ally McCoist’s side fell behind twice on Saturday due to a combination of woeful defending on their part and clinical finishing by their rivals.
However, strikes from Marius Zaliukas, David Templeton, Bilel Mohsni and Kenny Miller ultimately ensured the home team prevailed by a 4-2 scoreline.
It was a captivating match that supporters of both of the second tier sides - 31,851 of whom had filed into Ibrox - enjoyed hugely.
Yet, far greater battles will now need to be won in the weeks and months ahead if Rangers are to reclaim their place in the top flight of Scottish football.
And they will, as has been the case on many occasions at the troubled Glasgow institution in the last few years, not be fought out on the field of play.
What the outcome of them will be is, at this early stage, as unclear as how this mercurial Rangers team will fare on the park just now.
The admission last week that at least £3million will need to be raised at a share offering to see the club through to the end of the year was alarming if not unexpected.
There is no guarantee that cash will be generated in the next couple of weeks. What will happen if it does not is a matter of great conjecture.
Will Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley increase his stake further?
Could the training ground be sold and leased back to the club? Will Ibrox be renamed the Sports Direct Arena? Could first team stars like Lewis Macleod or Lee Walllace be offloaded to raise funds? Will Administration II happen?
All these possibilities, and many more, are being bandied about as a fresh crisis looms on the horizon at the League One champions.
Even though the official club announcement to the stock exchange was only made on Friday morning, concerned Rangers fans arranged another protest on Saturday.
The supporters housed in the lower section of the Broomloan Road Stand held up red cards in the 18th and 72nd minutes of the game.
Chants of “Sack the Board” rang out across the stadium as they did so - and were heartily applauded by those not taking part in other sections of the ground.
Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace has made improving relations between the club and its supporters a priority since he was appointed last year.
But it is obvious the fans do not and will not accept many of those who presently occupy positions of power at Rangers and do not trust their motivations.
Even if Rangers do bring in enough money to sustain them to the end of the year, the financial year and then the season - and that’s a big if - their problems will not end.
That will surely only happen when supporters are convinced those at the helm have the long-term wellbeing of the club at heart and are not merely concerned with personal profit.
McCoist has been through all of this off-field upheaval on many occasions in his time as manager and is confident his charges will not allow it to deflect their attention from winning games.
With Hearts thrashing Falkirk 4-1 at the weekend to remain three points clear at the top of the table, they will have to remain focused to win their third successive title and promotion.
He said: “If my players had wanted an excuse or to look over their shoulders for an issue or two at the club or involving the club to blame for performances or results, there’s been massive opportunity for them to do that.
“But they haven’t done it. They are a fantastic squad of boys, they really are. I salute them for concentrating their efforts 100% on getting the job - which is winning games and hopefully entertaining the support at the same time - done.
“That’s the job they have done in the past two or three years and we as staff are extremely grateful for them to doing that. But they have to keep doing it.”
McCoist added: “You have just got to blank it out. It can’t become an issue because if we lose track or focus on the job we have to do. If we do that then the game’s a bogey. We can’t allow it to affect us.
“It’s easy to say that, but doing it is a different thing and up until now our lads deserve a lot of credit in their focus on getting results for this football club. Long may that continue because it will have to continue.”
The turbulence at Rangers looks certain, despite a fifth win in succession, to drag on for some time to come.
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Fernando ricksen in the stonefield tavern Blantyre tickets 8 pounds .we also have a singer on and some
Other x players will be there to show some support
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Should Templeton be used as Rangers supersub?



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David Templeton changed the course of the game when he came on at half-time against Queen of the South. Within a minute of the action getting underway again, he had scored an absolute screamer to level the match. Ally McCoist’s side did not look back from that moment on.
Goals from Bilel Mohnsi and Kenny Miller meant the match finished 4-2 and ensured the home team sewed up all three points. It was not the first time the introduction of the former Hearts player had pulled Rangers back into the game.
Indeed, he did so in the opening game of the 2014/15 campaign against Hibs in the Petrofac Training Cup last month. Yet the 25-year-old is frequently disappointing when he starts. He was dropped from the first team last week after struggling to impress.
It is time for McCoist to start utilising Templeton as an impact player. It is clearly the role to which he is best suited.
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What a waste it would be if David Templeton was left on the Rangers substitutes’ bench every wEek.
The winger is, as we saw against Queen of the South at Ibrox on Saturday, one of the most skilful players the Gers have.
His strike early in the second half against the second-placed side in the SPFL Championship will be one of the goals of the season. Sure, if his form dips, as it had done in recent weeks, then he does not deserve to get a start. But if he is fit and is playing well then he should definitely be in the starting line-up. He is the sort of player that fans pay to see.
Anyway, wouldn’t it be demoralising and demotivating for the boy if he was left out of the side when he was on top of his game?
That could lead to his head going down and him losing interest. I would advise against utilising him as an impact player in the future
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Boyd remains focused amid new Rangers turmoil



KRIS Boyd today insisted the Rangers players won’t let the off-field turmoil at the Ibrox club impact on their play on the park.


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Kris Boyd has yet to score a Championship goal for Rangers

Boyd helped the Gers to a hard-fought 4-2 win over Queen of the South at home in the SPFL Championship on Saturday.
Light Blues fans in the Broomloan Road Stand staged red card protests in the 18th and 72nd minutes of the second tier match.
The Glasgow club revealed on Friday their future would be in doubt if they fail to raise at least £3million from a share offering later this month.
Many Rangers followers are incensed at the predicament the League One champions find themselves in as they bid to return to the Scottish top flight.
But manager Ally McCoist praised the professionalism of his charges, who came from behind twice at the weekend to triumph, amid growing uncertainty.
And striker Boyd, who rejoined his boyhood heroes on a free transfer in the summer, has no fears the unrest in the stands will derail their title bid.
He said: “At the end of the day, when you go on the pitch you need to focus fully on the game.
“You must try to switch off from the things that are going on off the pitch.
“Sometimes it can be difficult, but, as I said, I think that the most important thing for us is to maintain our level of performances and pick up points for the club.”
Boyd added: “We all know that there have been a lot of off-field problems for the club in the last few years.
“But for us as a team and as individuals the most important thing is to go on the pitch, score goals and put in good performances. I think we will do that.
“We did well to come back and win the game against Queen of the South. In the first half we weren’t good enough, but we rectified that at half-time.
“We have to put in good displays from now on and show we merit wearing the jersey. I am sure we’ll continue to do that.”
Despite carving out several scoring for his Rangers team-mates, Boyd has so far failed to score in the Champion-ship in four matches.
All the 31-year-old’s goals have come in the Petrofac Training Cup and the League Cup.
However, the former Scotland star has vowed to start hitting the target in the league - starting in the game against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park on Friday week.
He said: “I felt I helped the team out as much as a I could. But I was signed so that I could score goals and I am frustrated I am not doing that in the league.
“I will keep working hard in training and in matches and I am sure they will come. I will be looking to score in our next game.”
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WITH Rangers back on the brink KEITH says the time has come for the Ibrox board to pick a saviour before it’s too late - and it’s a straight choice between two men.
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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has likened Lee Cattermole to former Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise.

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QPR are chasing Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon today.

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Given the sense of crisis once again engulfing Rangers, it could be tempting to view this on-field revival as a template for how to cure their wider worries. If only things were that simple.
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Just been reading in the paper that Steven Naismith ( I know, I know), has bought 4 Everton season tickets to be shared around among people who could not afford to go to matches.
4 different fans will be selected for each match, which is actually a nice touch.
Then I thought, wouldn’t it be a nice touch if former Rangers players, much like himself could actually buy a handful of season tickets for Ibrox, and they could be shared by people similarly.
I mean, a lot of them couldn’t get out the door quick enough, it seems, and were able to secure very very lucrative new deals for themselves at big-spending clubs.
Now it cannot have escaped their attention the current financial plight we are in, so even if they each bought between 5 and 10 STs, it would certainly help and show they still care about their old club, no?
And with the uptake of these STs being part of the reason for the current malaise, it would all help, even for the publicity.
Here is what he also said…
“Social media is a massive platform with Twitter and stuff. It’s so easy to get stuff out”.

So, folks you know what to do; take him at his word, and get through to all the players that left during our meltdown and ask if they will participate.
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ON A day of protests by Rangers supporters at Ibrox, it was one of the club’s players who produced the biggest demonstration of the lot. David Templeton, a half-time substitute on Saturday, made quite a case for more frequent inclusions in the starting line-up with a goal and a performance that dug the home side out of an almighty hole.




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All over twitter tonight that they are both being lined up for moves to Brightom.
Tomorrow is last day of the transfer window.
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Brighton Target Gers’ Double Swoop
Brighton have sent representatives to Glasgow to thrash out a deadline day double deal for Rangers’ Lee Wallace and Lewis MacLoed.
With the Scottish Championship club struggling for cash, The Seagulls believe they are very close to agreeing a cut price deal for for the defender and midfielder, as long as the fee is paid upfront. SunSport understands Rangers would be willing to sell the pair for a fee of around £3 million.
It was reported this week that the Ibrox club are struggling for cash and have launched a new share plan in attempt to raise funds. Sources within Ibrox have revealed meetings are set for tomorrow morning with the English Championship side as Rangers prepare to sell off 2 key assets
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