Ibrox outcry! Rangers fans demand answers amidst doomsday fears
21:54 GMT, 27 June 2012
Rangers fans have called on new owner Charles Green to end fears of an Ibrox doomsday scenario — where the club fail to exist in any form by next season.
Irate supporters protested outside Ibrox as concerns rose over the ability of Green’s Sevco 5088 consortium to meet the running costs of the club.
And the crowd was addressed by former club favourite John Brown, who revealed he is fronting a bid by supporters to buy-out Green.
Protest: Rangers fans are growing increasingly concerned about their club
After being effectively kicked out of the SPL by rival chairmen, newco Rangers now look doomed to apply for a place in the Third Division after increasing numbers of SFL chairmen voiced their opposition to the Ibrox club being parachuted into the First.
Against a worrying silence from Green, the long-suffering Rangers fans’ new fear is their club could be heading for administration for the second time in four months — and is ultimately bound for oblivion.
‘The new season is drawing very close and Rangers are in a very grave situation,’ said John Macmillan, general secretary of Rangers Supporters Association.
Disillusioned: Rangers fans are far from happy with Charles Green's ownership
‘It’s time for Charles Green to allay the worries of the Rangers fans who are now fearing the very worst.
‘He needs to be transparent and show he’s got the money to take the club forward.
‘I’ve always had concerns that Mr Green doesn’t have the money and that’s why I asked fans not to renew season tickets until there’s more concrete information available.
‘Mr Green hasn’t done enough to win the trust of the fans, yet.
‘The fans are in the dark.’
We want answers: Rangers look set to be relegated to the Third Division
Macmillan says Rangers fans are also unhappy with their players for quitting the club this week for free, rather than allowing their contracts to transfer to the newco.
‘The fans are bitterly disappointed by the players’ actions,’ he said. ‘They hoped the players would have earned Rangers a bit of money, but they have been a bit selfish. The fans expected loyalty, especially from people like Steven Naismith who was well looked after when he was injured.
‘The fans appreciate these players don’t want to play in the First or Third Division, but they could have shown a bit of loyalty by helping the club get a transfer fee.’
Plan: Former Rangers player John Brown rallies the crowd outside Ibrox
Meanwhile, Rangers’ hopes of a soft landing in the First Division appear doomed after Morton joined Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Peterhead, Montrose and Annan Athletic as officially saying ‘no to newco’.
Sportsmail believes Livingston, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline are also poised to follow that lead, amid pressure from their own fans, while a significant number of other SFL clubs polled by this newspaper are eventually expected to cast a ‘no’ vote.
Morton chairman Douglas Rae said: ‘If it comes down to a vote, I will be voting for Rangers to go to the Third Division.’