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Rangers in turmoil

2015-03-11 09:21
Rangers Football Club

Glasgow - Troubled Scottish giants Rangers on Tuesday announced that top club officials Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale had all been suspended "pending an investigation".

Chief executive Llambias and finance director Leach are both close associates of shareholder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and were both voted off the board at Ibrox on Friday.

Easdale is chairman of the football board at the Glasgow club but was never on the company board.

The suspensions are the latest developments in a painful saga of mismanagement for the club which has seen them plunged from former league-winning glories to the depths of the lower divisions in Scotland.

Last Friday Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan were all voted on to the board, although the former is awaiting fit-and-proper clearance from the stock exchange and football authorities.

A club statement on Tuesday read: "Rangers Football Club announce today that Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale have been suspended from their duties pending an investigation.

"It is also noted that Mr Llambias and Mr Leach, along with Sandy Easdale, have been advised that a resolution to remove them as directors of the company has been received by the company.

"A meeting may be required for this purpose but it is hoped that this will not prove necessary.

"Acting chairman Paul Murray, fellow directors Douglas Park and John Gilligan, and the club's head of football administration Andrew Dickson have been appointed to the board of the company."

Rangers are currently third in the Scottish second division, having battled back from the fourth, but languish 23 points behind runaway leaders Hearts and have almost no hope of claiming the one automatic promotion spot available back into the Scottish Premier League.

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