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Ally McCoist assured Craig Whyte will not return to Ibrox

McCoist receives assurances that Whyte will not return to Ibrox

PUBLISHED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has held talks with Ally McCoist to assure the manager there was “never any possibility” of Craig Whyte returning to the club.

The move comes after the former owner apparently claimed he was behind the original Ibrox newco.

Whyte has threatened legal action against Green and former Rangers director Imran Ahmad, demanding 1million a year for life or 25 per cent of Green's shares.

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Whyte, whose own Rangers takeover remains the subject of a police inquiry, claims he was the main driver behind the Sevco 5088 company which purchased the assets and business of the oldco Rangers company he had put into administration.

Days later Green transferred the assets, which were bought for 5.5million in June last year, to a different company called Sevco Scotland which then became The Rangers Football Club.

Whyte's main argument appears to be that such a transfer was illegal and he remains the rightful owner of the club's assets.

Green released a statement last night in a bid to clarify the situation and has moved to explain things further this evening following talks with McCoist, who had asked the new owner for answers.

'I spoke with Ally McCoist today and we are agreed that, despite the wild and outlandish allegations tossed around by Craig Whyte, the one thing that matters most is the rebuilding of this club,' Green said.

'I am totally committed to that and Ally is exactly the same. Neither of us will be deflected from our task. We share the same goal and we will be successful no matter who or what attempts to get in our way.

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

'I made it absolutely clear to Ally that there was never any possibility of Whyte returning to Ibrox and I also stressed that this man has no claim on any of the club's shares or assets.

'I wanted to make sure he understood what Whyte is trying to do because, like every other fan, our manager has a right to know if the disgraced former owner still has any involvement in this club.

'I told Ally that is not the case and that there was never any possibility of Whyte being involved with my group.

'Ally knows and accepts that I cannot be held responsible for Whyte's ramblings or his ridiculous claims. But Ally is a fan and he would have been alarmed at the re-emergence of Whyte and his claims.

'Along with all the good and loyal Rangers fans Ally has lived through the brief but calamitous Whyte era and the very mention of this man's name is enough to have even the strongest of them concerned. But there is no need for any anxiety.

'Rangers FC, no part of it and none of the assets will ever fall into Whyte's hands. If I have to I will stand at the front door and deny him entry.

'I can guarantee every single fan that I will not let them down and that Whyte has no claim on any part of this great club.'

McCoist added: 'Yes we spoke and I'm glad we did. I never believed that Charles had entered into any kind of agreement but it was important to have a chat after what the former owner had been putting about in the papers.

'I am a fan and it would be devastating to have this man back anywhere near the club he almost destroyed.'

Queens Park 0 Rangers 1: Match report

Queen's Park 0 Rangers 1: Aird leaves it late as Gers sneak past 10 men at Hampden

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

A last-gasp goal from substitute Fraser Aird ensured Rangers' winning streak continued as they claimed victory over 10-man Queen's Park.

The clash at the national stadium looked set to end goalless before the injury-time strike sealed a 10th win in a row for the Irn-Bru Third Division leaders.

The Old Firm clash with Celtic may be the most famous in Scottish football but the original Glasgow derby actually took place between Queen's Park and Rangers.

Beter late than never: Fraser Aird celebrates his injury-time winner for Rangers

Beter late than never: Fraser Aird celebrates his injury-time winner for Rangers

MATCH FACTS

Queen's Park: Parry, McGinn, Little, Brough, Robertson, Gallacher, Anderson, Keenan, Watt (Connolly 75), Quinn, Shankland (McParland 89).

Subs not used: Lochhead, Bradley, Longworth

Booked: Watt, Brough, Gallacher, Anderson, Shankland, Connolly

Sent off: Brough

Rangers:
Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Crawford, Black
(Aird 64), Hutton (Sandaza 71), McKay, McCulloch, Templeton.

Subs not used: Currie, Cole, Faure

Goal: Aird 90+2

Booked: Black,

Referee: William Collum

Attendance: 30,117

And, according to the official match-day programme, it is also the oldest surviving senior derby in world football.

The meeting between both clubs at Ibrox earlier this season saw the resumption of a fixture first played 135 years ago.

Today's match – in front of a crowd of 30,117 – was the first Hampden clash between the sides since November 1957, when Rangers came out on top as 4-2 winners.

Ally McCoist was forced to make two changes from the side which defeated Clyde on Boxing Day.

Andy Little was sidelined through injury, while Lewis Macleod revealed on Twitter before kick-off that he was ill with a virus, meaning he was absent for the first time this season.

Queen's Park had given Rangers a tough match at Ibrox in October and they looked well up for this encounter, carving out a couple of chances early on.

A free-kick 20 yards out provided an opportunity to put the visitors under pressure but Michael Keenan was wasteful with an effort that was well off-target.

Familiar surroundings: Gers boss Ally McCoist has been a regular visitor to Hampden Park over the years

Familiar surroundings: Gers boss Ally McCoist has been a regular visitor to Hampden Park over the years

David Anderson came closer when he tried his luck with a shot from just outside the box which fizzed across goal and just wide of the upright.

The best chance so far fell to Rangers when a lovely cross from the left from Barrie McKay set up David Templeton for a shot that flashed inches over the crossbar.

Robbie Crawford was not too far away when he met a Black cross 10 yards out and bulleted a header just over, as the first half ended goalless.

Getting tight: Rangers ace David Templeton (right) and Michael Keenan battle for the ball

Getting tight: Rangers ace David Templeton (right) and Michael Keenan battle for the ball

Rangers continued to push for the opener after the restart and a lofted effort from Lee McCulloch landed on the roof of the net, with Neil Parry untroubled in goal.

The goalkeeper was then called into action to make an impressive save to deny McKay, who unleashed a powerful drive after a one-two with McCulloch.

Queen's Park were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men when James Brough picked up a second caution for a foul on Templeton after 56 minutes.

Start the party: Aird (No 17) leads the way as the Rangers players celebrate his late goal against Queen's Park

Start the party: Aird (No 17) leads the way as the Rangers players celebrate his late goal against Queen's Park

Parry reacted quickly again to snuff out another Rangers threat, this time racing off his line to block from Lee Wallace, who had been teed up by Templeton.

Aird had replaced Black and Francisco Sandaza was thrown into the action for Kyle Hutton with 20 minutes to go, with Rangers struggling to break down a stubborn Spiders side.

The Spanish striker was clearly aiming to make an immediate impact but his finishing let him down as he rifled into the side-netting.

Hard to handle: Paul Gallacher has a nibble at Templeton and the Gers player ends up on the deck

Hard to handle: Paul Gallacher has a nibble at Templeton and the Gers player ends up on the deck

The home side could have snatched the points when Aidan Connolly released Lawrence Shankland in plenty of space but his shot lacked power and was easily smothered by Neil Alexander.

Shankland had the chance to make amends with a free-kick that escaped the grasp of the Rangers goalkeeper but swerved past the far post.

Sandaza again rippled the side-netting for Rangers, before Aird grabbed the winner in injury time with a shot from just outside the area that squeezed past several bodies in the box and nestled in the bottom corner.

Charles Green pledges to give Ally McCoist 10m to spend from Rangers" flotation on LSE

Green pledges to give McCoist a 10m war chest from Rangers' flotation on LSE

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00:01 GMT, 20 December 2012

Charles Green pledged 10million from the club’s share issue for Ally McCoist to spend on new recruits — with the promise of more to follow.

The Rangers manager cannot add to his squad in the coming transfer window due to a one-year embargo but can bring in free agents as of September 1 next year.

McCoist this week sought clarity from Green over transfer budgets after the chief executive failed to deliver the five players he had been hoping for before the August deadline.

And Green responded by insisting that 10m will be ring-fenced from the 22.2m raised ahead of the club being floated on the London Stock Exchange, with unspecified further funds on the horizon if season-ticket sales are again healthy.

Cash injection: Charles Green has vowed to boost Rangers' coffers to the tune of 10m

Cash injection: Charles Green has vowed to boost Rangers' coffers to the tune of 10m

Green said: ‘We’ve allocated 10m for Ally to spend on players as soon as he’s able to do that. But we’re not saying it’s 10m and only 10m — if Rangers fans buy season tickets next year, there’s another 20m there.

‘We have a transfer ban for another year but Ally and his team are looking at who is out of contract when we can sign pre-contract agreements in January then, on September 1, we can sign them.’

If Rangers do sign players on pre-contracts next month, no money can change hands until the end of the transfer ban in September, but Green still expects top players to jump at the chance.

‘Why wouldn’t you sit on your hands and wait if you had the chance to play for Rangers’ he asked.

‘In Europe, clubs are in meltdown and can’t pay players’ wages.

‘We know that (former Rangers keeper) Allan McGregor was having difficulty getting paid (at Besiktas), although I understand that has now been resolved.

‘But other players have gone into Europe on a gravy train and soon found out there’s no gravy.

‘So there’s a chance for them to sit on their hands or to leave their contracts and sign a contract for Rangers — who can pay salaries when we are allowed to do so. That is quite attractive.’

Ahead of the stock exchange flotation yesterday, Green had vowed that Rangers ‘will rise again’.

And the chief executive, who cannot cash in his shares for two years, believes success on and off the park over that period will result in Rangers amassing financial muscle that will ‘scare’ opponents.

Money to spend: Ally McCoist will have the chance to strengthen his squad

Money to spend: Ally McCoist will have the chance to strengthen his squad

‘We’ve sold 37,500 season tickets this season and we didn’t put them on sale until August.

‘Remember, no one was going to buy a ticket off me in July, because I was “a snake-oil salesman”.

‘With added goodwill, I’d assume if we’ve won the Third Division we’ll see no less season tickets next year.

‘We reduced the price to 315 this year but, if they went to 400 next year, then that’s another 18m in the bank.

‘That must be the scary thing about Rangers, looking from the outside.

‘In the past we might have needed 100m to get a squad together, but those days are long gone.

‘Last year, Theo Walcott would have cost up to 50m but now he may end up leaving Arsenal on a free.

‘That’s happening everywhere and we have to be aware of the options available to our Theo Walcotts, like Barrie McKay and Fraser Aird.

‘Football is changing. We don’t need to be paying 12m for Tore Andre Flo. When was that ever good business

‘What we have done is set a structure in place where Rangers are no longer a boom-or-bust club. This is the springboard for the rebirth of Rangers.’

Rangers shares sold for 70p and were worth 76p by close of trade, with Green hailing a successful flotation.

‘It’s an enviable position,’ he said, ‘and if Rangers was in any other league in the world, this club would be worth 400m, bigger than Aston Villa, Tottenham, Everton and others.’

Charles Green targets return to glory days as trading starts in Rangers shares

Green targets return to glory days as trading starts in Rangers shares

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UPDATED:

11:11 GMT, 19 December 2012

Trading began on shares in Rangers on Wednesday after the Glasgow club was listed on the stock exchange, with chief executive Charles Green hoping for a successful flotation.

Rangers announced over 22million had been raised from their listing on the stock exchange and dealings on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) began at 8am.

Green, whose company bought the assets and business of Rangers for 5.5m when the club was consigned to liquidation in June, believes Rangers will prove worthwhile to investors.

All good on the pitch: David Templeton scored as Rangers beat Annan on Tuesday

All good on the pitch: David Templeton scored as Rangers beat Annan on Tuesday

Green told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'The institutional community have invested heavily. We've taken 17m already from institutions and that list is out there public; it's the great and good of London.

'For me as chief exec the really important endorsement is that of the financial community who have come out in support of it.

'All football clubs are high risk and there's been a history of failure to deliver.

'We know that football clubs historically haven't performed very well, but Rangers is an institution, it's a major sporting brand and we think that makes a difference.'

The listed company is called Rangers International Football Club plc and will act as the holding company for the club.

Green was listed as the club's main shareholder in the share prospectus with a stake of almost 15 per cent, which will now be diluted. He had not planned to add to his shares.

Looking ahead: Charles Green spoke to fans the night before trading began

Looking ahead: Charles Green spoke to fans the night before trading began

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was the third largest shareholder with 9 per cent before the issue of extra shares, behind a consortium called Blue Pitch Holdings.

Manager Ally McCoist had almost a 3 per cent stake before the issue and said he planned to buy more, although his shareholding will be diluted.

A statement read: 'The total number of ordinary shares in issue at admission is 65,096,056, giving Rangers a market capitalisation of approximately 45.6m at the placing price.

'The funds have been raised in order to provide for a secure financial future, update and develop the club's facilities, capitalise on the club's global brand and enable the club to enhance its playing squad when appropriate.'

Protest: Rangers fans are against the potential sale of the stadium name

Protest: Rangers fans are against the potential sale of the stadium name

Green said in the statement: 'We are delighted to see our plans for bringing Rangers back to its glory days coming to fruition; a key part of which is its listing on AIM today.

'The response from investors and fans alike has been tremendous and we are very proud to have such loyal supporters.

'Rangers is a huge club with enormous support, and, a 140-year track record of success in both the domestic and international arenas.

'With a settled squad, led by manager Ally McCoist, the club has made a strong start to the 2012/13 season and the Rangers brand and facilities provide tremendous opportunities for commercialisation and expansion.

'The listing on AIM is an important step to ensuring the future success of the club.'

Rangers 2 Stirling 0: Templeton and Little on target in another Ibrox stroll

Rangers 2 Stirling 0: Templeton and Little on target in another Ibrox stroll

PUBLISHED:

17:18 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 8 December 2012

David Templeton and Andy Little supplied the goals as Rangers avenged their only Irn-Bru Third Division defeat so far this season with a win over Stirling Albion.

Bottom side Binos had claimed a shock win at Forthbank in October but were left empty-handed this time.

Rangers used the match at Ibrox to celebrate their 140th year, having come through one of the most turbulent spells in their history which saw them suffer administration and liquidation before being re-launched in Scottish football's bottom tier.

Competitive: Rangers' Lee Wallace and Stirling's Ross McGeachie tussle

Competitive: Rangers' Lee Wallace and Stirling's Ross McGeachie tussle

Match facts

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, Hegarty, McCulloch, Wallace, Templeton (Walsh 88), Hutton, Macleod, McKay, Shiels (Little 77), Kyle (Naismith 68). Subs not used: Scott Gallagher, Cole.

Booked: Kyle, Templeton.

Goals: Templeton 59, Little 90.

Stirling: Peat, McClune, Thom (White 89), Bishop, McAnespie, McCulloch (Davidson 82), McSorley, McGeachie (Flood 77), Ferry, Day, Graham Weir. Subs not used: Filler, Allison.

Sent Off: McSorley (86).

Booked: McCulloch, McSorley, McGeachie, Bishop, McAnespie.

Att: 49,913.

Ref: Mike Tumilty.

Around 40 former players were
welcomed on to the pitch at half-time by pundit Andy Gray, including
members of the 1972 European Cup Winners' Cup winning side and players
from the Nine in a Row era.

There was also a card display and
fireworks for the season-record crowd of 49,913, although visiting fans
refused to join in the festivities and displayed a banner of their own
which read: 'More Like 140 Days'.

Ally McCoist had stressed beforehand
the importance of marking the occasion with three points and ensuring
Rangers remain top of the table.

Templeton and Kyle Hutton both started, with Little on the bench and Ian Black missing through injury.
Sixteen-year old Tom Walsh was named as a substitute for the first time, while Lee Wallace made his 50th appearance for Rangers.

Perhaps it was the celebratory mood
or a desire to avenge that defeat which saw Rangers pile on the pressure
from the first whistle.

After Marc McCulloch went into the
referee's book for a hard challenge on Templeton with seconds on the
clock, Lewis Macleod forced a decent save from Mark Peat at his near
post.

Templeton then lashed inches past the
post from distance, before the winger was again the victim of a poor
tackle which saw Daly McSorley cautioned on this occasion.

Show of support: Rangers fans air their views

Show of support: Rangers fans air their views

There was little respite for Stirling
early on and Macleod's blistering strike was just off target and the
goalkeeper was called into action again to block an angled drive from
Barrie McKay.

The best chance so far came when
Kevin Kyle knocked down into the path of the onrushing Macleod in front
of goal, but he connected awkwardly and the effort bounced over the
crossbar.

Albion duo Ross McGeachie and Jamie
Bishop then collected yellow cards in quick succession – also for fouls
on Templeton, who was making his first start since suffering ankle
ligament damage in mid-September.

Kyle had netted in the last two
outings but was denied by the woodwork just before the break when his
shot smacked off the post as Stirling survived the onslaught to head
into half-time on level terms.

Rangers still looked dangerous after the restart and the breakthrough finally came after 59 minutes.
McKay burst down the left wing and supplied a lovely ball across the face of goal where Templeton was waiting to lash home.

Kal Naismith almost added his name to
the scoresheet when he raced on to a McKay pass and forced a save from
Peat, before fellow substitute Little rippled the side-netting with the
rebound.

There was a tense moment for Rangers when Albion's Josh Flood saw his strike crash off the post.

McSorely was sent packing for a second yellow with five minutes to go, before Gers youngster Walsh was handed his debut.

Little then put the gloss on the win when he slotted home into the bottom corner in the final minute.

Bristol City players try to sell half-season tickets at supermarket as Christmas gifts

Tis the season to be jolly… so say struggling Bristol City players as they try to sell tickets to fans at a supermarket

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15:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

It’s that time of year when clubs across the country try to attract more supporters to the ground by offering half-season tickets – but some have gone to greater lengths than others.

While Rangers got Ally McCoist to pose with a cardboard cracker to entice more fans into Ibrox after Christmas, Bristol City have taken a step in the modern direction by making an online video.

Sales pitch: Bristol City's stars have launched a campaign to help the club shift half-season tickets to fans in time for Christmas

Sales pitch: Bristol City's stars have launched a campaign to help the club shift half-season tickets to fans in time for Christmas

The Championship club produced a story of one hapless fan that decided against renewing his season ticket last summer and has since failed to dislodge the club from his mind.

That includes thinking he is being served in the supermarket by strikers Sam Baldock and Ryan Taylor, and even waking up in bed to find goalkeeper Tom Heaton by his side instead of his wife.

All I want for Christmas is you: Bristol City are struggling in the Championship but hope to turn their season around

All I want for Christmas is you: Bristol City are struggling in the Championship but hope to turn their season around

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It’s a well thought out advert from the club who are battling relegation from England’s second tier and from this Monday will offer 11 Ashton Gate games for 149 – that’s close to seeing one match at Arsenal with a pie and a pint thrown in too.

It’s not the first time a team has taken to making an online video to sell tickets. While Bristol City’s fine attempt should be applauded, Crystal Palace’s cheerleaders singing ‘Call Me Maybe’ still sets a high bar to be beaten.

Rangers 2 Queen"s Park 0 match report: Lee McCulloch nets the points

Rangers 2 Queen's Park 0: Ally's home comforts as McCulloch nets the points

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 20 October 2012

Lee McCulloch's second-half double ensured Rangers edged home against Queen's Park after their Irn-Bru Third Division struggles threatened to spread to Ibrox.

McCulloch finished off impressive build-up play from Dean Shiels in the 57th minute of a closer Glasgow derby than the vast majority of the 49,463 crowd would have anticipated and gave the score a somewhat flattering touch in injury-time.

The amateurs from several miles away in the south side of the city came into the game as league leaders and matched their hosts in possession for long spells.

They came very close to equalising soon after McCulloch's opener when Andrew Robertson squandered a great chance and put Rangers under pressure in the final quarter.

Vital strike: Lee McCulloch wheels away after breaking the deadlock

Vital strike: Lee McCulloch wheels away after breaking the deadlock

MATCH FACTS

Rangers: Alexander, Faure, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Hutton, Black, Macleod, Shiels (McKay 83), McCulloch, Aird (Little 54). Subs not used: Gallacher, Argyriou, Kyle.

Booked: McCulloch, Faure, Little.

Goals: McCulloch 57, 90.

Queen's Park: Parry, Gallagher, Little, Brough, Bradley, Capuano (Smith 85), Anderson, Robertson (Watt 73), Shankland, Longworth, Keenan (Quinn 79). Subs not used: Lockhead, Sean Burns.

Booked: Anderson.

Att: 49,463.

Ref: John Beaton.

But McCulloch ensured Rangers maintained their 100 per cent home record after their wait for an away win continued two weeks ago with defeat by bottom club Stirling.

That shock defeat prompted one change from Ally McCoist with Kyle Hutton replacing Anestis Argyriou in midfield.
Rangers went into the game in fourth place but Queen's Park struggled to get out of their own half in the opening stages and goalkeeper Neil Parry made comfortable saves from Shiels and McCulloch.

However, Queen's soon grew into the game and created a decent chance for centre-forward Jamie Longworth, who fired over from 16 yards.

The Spiders were passing the ball with confidence and they had the home support worried after Richard Little's diagonal ball found Robertson on the left wing, when his low cross just evaded Longworth.

The home support were getting restless as their team struggled to string passes together and Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander caught James Brough's header following David Anderson's free-kick.

Rangers were lacking leadership and someone to take a grip of the game in midfield but they rallied in the latter stages of the half.

A handful: McCulloch battles with Neil Parry and James Brough

A handful: McCulloch battles with Neil Parry and James Brough

Fraser Aird's inswinging corner bounced across the six yard box and Sebastien Faure's diving header hit the side netting.

They came closer when McCulloch laid off Aird's cross into the path of Shiels, who fired a left-footed drive towards the far corner, but Parry got down brilliantly to get a hand to keep it out.

Hutton and Ian Black were involved in a brief argument as the teams walked off at half-time and it was hard to imagine those being the last raised voices of the interval among the home team.

Queen's had the first chance of the second half when Longworth headed over Lawrence Shankland's corner.

McCulloch shot wide from 16 yards while Rangers survived a scare following Faure's short passback when Alexander caught Shankland's cross while well out of his goal.

Andy Little returned from a six-week lay-off with a foot injury in the 55th minute and soon had a sight of goal, but Brough threw himself in the way of his shot.

In control: Ally McCoist observes matters at Ibrox

In control: Ally McCoist observes matters at Ibrox

Rangers did not have to wait long for the opener though as Shiels got the ball on the left and cut in along the bye-line before squaring the ball for McCulloch to tap home into the unguarded net.

The hosts looked more comfortable on the ball in the immediate aftermath of the goal but quickly put themselves under pressure with some slack play inside their own half.

And Robertson missed a wonderful chance in the 62nd minute after carving the home defence open. The winger spun away from Black with a superb piece of skill and played successive one-twos, the second of which with Longworth put him clean through on goal.

The winger had all the time he needed with the ball on his left foot but delayed his shot, which allowed Alexander to narrow the angle sufficiently to block his shot from eight yards.

Lewis MacLeod twice shot just wide from long range and McCulloch fluffed a chance to go round Parry but the goal had not opened the floodgates and the visitors had Rangers pushed back for much of the final quarter.

However, they were unable to make the most of several set-pieces and McCulloch had another easy finish in injury-time with Parry grounded after substitute Barrie McKay's 30-yard effort bounced back off the bar.

Rangers will join European super league, says Charles Green

We might be in the Scottish third division… but we're aiming for European super league, says Rangers chief

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 12 October 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green insists his fallen Scottish giants will be involved during the inevitable transition to a European super league.

The club have unveiled plans for admission to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in the hope of raising up to 20million.

Green anticipates the exploitation of untapped revenue streams such as merchandising will help elevate Rangers back into the Scottish Premier League.

European adventure: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist (left), Financial Director Brian Stockridge (centre) and Chief Executive Charles Green

European adventure: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist (left), Financial Director Brian Stockridge (centre) and Chief Executive Charles Green

And once there he insists they will be welcomed at the top table of European football, the landscape of which will be radically altered by the demands of top clubs.

'There will be a European league because big teams can't keep subsidising small teams like Southampton for the next 10 years because they will go stale,' he said.

'Arsenal don't want to play Southampton or Swansea, but ask them if they want to play Celtic or Rangers. It's what the fans want to see.

'Fans across the world want to see Manchester United play Barcelona, not just once every few years but every season.

'If there are two divisions of 18 clubs, how could Rangers not be a part of that

'I'm convinced it will happen because otherwise where will the revenues for the top come from

'These days Arsenal are struggling to sell out their game against West Ham.

Harsh reality: Rangers now grace smaller stadia, such as Stirling Albion's Forthbank

Harsh reality: Rangers now grace smaller stadia, such as Stirling Albion's Forthbank

'How can Manchester United's revenues be 320million and Aston Villa, who are completely useless, get 250

'It all comes from Sky and it's not decided by what a club puts in. What Manchester United put into world football is massive, but what they take out of it is a joke and they won't put up with that for much longer.'

Rangers are hoping to raise 20million through an institutional investor placing and limited public offering.

Green revealed the club will be undertaking an institutional investor roadshow, claiming that to date there has been “strong interest”.

The funds will be used to strengthen the squad, improve and develop the club's properties and facilities and provide additional working capital.

Green accepted that football has endured a chequered past concerning flotations on the stock exchange, but is confident Rangers will be a success.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist backed by Charles Green

Green backs Rangers boss McCoist despite shock defeat at Stirling

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UPDATED:

11:03 GMT, 8 October 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has handed manager Ally McCoist his full backing following the shock defeat by Stirling.

Rangers suffered their first defeat in the Irn-Bru Third Division with a 1-0 reverse at Forthbank on Saturday in their fourth away game without victory.

McCoist also oversaw a Ramsdens Cup defeat by Queen of the South but Green is looking to bring stability to Ibrox and sees his manager as a crucial factor in his plans.

Shock: Stirling celebrate scoring against Rangers on Saturday

Shock: Stirling celebrate scoring against Rangers on Saturday

Green told the Scottish Sun: 'There is no chance of Ally being sacked. Yes, Saturday's defeat was an embarrassment. But no one more than Ally knows what happened at Stirling was unacceptable.

'We've got to get a lot of things sorted at the club and we've never said it was going to be easy.

Pressure: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist has been backed by Charles Green

Pressure: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist has been backed by Charles Green

'We are certainly not going to solve anything by dismissing the manager.

'Remember, the manager wasn't on the field on Saturday, was he'

Green added: 'Ally has absolutely my 100 per cent backing.

Gutted: Rangers' Lee McCulloch leaves the pitch after the defeat

Gutted: Rangers' Lee McCulloch leaves the pitch after the defeat

'I'm currently down south on business and I spoke to him after the game and we've arranged to meet in London on Thursday.

'We've got a fortnight now until our next game and that gives us all time to take stock, reflect and plan ahead.'

Stirling 1 Rangers 0: Brian Allison perfect wedding gift to absent Albion boss

Stirling 1 Rangers 0: Allison provides perfect wedding gift to absent Albion boss

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 6 October 2012

Rangers suffered a shock first defeat in the Irn-Bru Third Division after crashing to bottom side Stirling Albion.

The hosts had lost their last five league outings but picked up their second win of the campaign after Brian Allison grabbed the only goal of the game.

Delight: Stirling Albion's Brian Allison (third left) celebrates scoring the winner

Delight: Stirling Albion's Brian Allison (third left) celebrates scoring the winner

Match facts

Stirling: Filler (Peat 46), McClune, Thom, Allison, McAnespie, Graham Weir, McSorley (Day 59), McCulloch, Ferry, Steven Weir (Flood 88), White. Subs Not Used: McGeachie, Brass.

Booked: McAnespie, Steven Weir, McClune, Thom.

Goals: Allison 9.

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou (McKay 67), Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Faure, Black (Naismith 85), Macleod, Aird (Kyle 71), Shiels, McCulloch. Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Crawford.

Booked: Aird, McCulloch.

Att: 3,751

Ref: Bobby Madden (Scotland).

Having struggled on the road so far this season, this was the match which appeared destined to provide Rangers with their elusive first away win in the league.

Ally McCoist's men faced a side rooted to the bottom of the table, whose manager Greig McDonald was absent from the dugout to attend his own wedding, and knowing victory would propel them to the Third Division summit.

They were also boosted by the return from injury of key players Dean Shiels and Ian Black, who both started at Forthbank.

Instead, it was Stirling who surged into the lead after just eight minutes.

Mark Ferry delivered a corner to the back post which dropped for Allison, who took advantage of dreadful defending from Rangers to bundle over the line.

The visitors could have hit back through a set-piece of their own when Black squared a free-kick to Lee McCulloch on the edge of the box and he dragged a low shot just wide of target.

The skipper then rattled the woodwork when he met a Fraser Aird cross from the left only to see his bullet header smack off the inside of the post.

Aird had a go himself with a well-struck shot that fizzed across the face of goal and past the post, before Jordan White failed to add to the home side's tally with a similar effort at the other end.

Tough: Rangers' Dean Shiels goes down under challenge of Stirling Albion's David McLune (right)

Tough: Rangers' Dean Shiels goes down under challenge of Stirling Albion's David McLune (right)

Painful: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist watches on

Painful: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist watches on

Rangers cranked up the pressure with half-time approaching and McCulloch stung the palms of goalkeeper Sam Filler with a powerful free-kick, with an off-target Black also failing to find the leveller just before the break.

The Binos made a change at the interval when Filler was replaced by substitute keeper Mark Peat.

Peat was immediately called into action to produce a decent reflex save to prevent a sidefoot effort from Shiels finding the back of the net.

Marriage vow: Stirling boss Greig McDonald missed the big win... for his own big day

Marriage vow: Stirling boss Greig McDonald missed the big win… for his own big day

Marc McCulloch then did well to hook a header from Sebastien Faure off the line as the Glasgow giants piled forward in search of an equaliser.

Rangers could have had a penalty when Shiels went to ground under pressure from Kieran McAnespie but there was no spot-kick from referee Bobby Madden.

Kevin Kyle was thrown into the action with 20 minutes to go and nodded just over from a Lee Wallace cross, before Steven Weir squandered a great chance for Stirling.

With time fast running out for Rangers, Shiels delivered an inviting ball across goal for Kyle but the big striker failed to connect in front of the gaping goal.

Shiels then stabbed wide in the final minute as Albion held on for the win.