McCoist receives assurances that Whyte will not return to Ibrox
23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013
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
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
'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.'