Rangers Fans Demand Further Exits
3 March 2015, 07:05
Rangers fans have demanded the club's remaining board members follow chairman David Somers out of the Ibrox exit.
The club confirmed on Monday morning that Somers had resigned following 16 turbulent months in charge.
The 66-year-old was a deeply unpopular figure with fans but walked before he was pushed out of the club by Dave King at a general meeting this Friday.
He even sold his 61,000-share stake in the Light Blues just two hours after his departure was confirmed.
Somers' exit leaves the Ibrox club with just two directors, chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach.
Both can now expect to be swept out of the club when shareholders meet at Ibrox to vote.
James Easdale resigned his directorship last week in the face of growing fan opposition and the signs are now clear that King is on the verge of grabbing control of the Glasgow giants.
Now the Rangers Supporters Trust have told Llambias and Leach to accept defeat.
In a statement containing derogatory comments about Somers, Leach and Llambias, the fans group said: "We are delighted that David Somers has finally resigned as chairman of Rangers. We note that his parting comments are entirely in keeping with his behaviour during his time at the club.
"He will be remembered as one of the most inept and embarrassing chairmen of our wonderful sporting institution.
"Our focus now turns to the remaining directors. They should do the right thing, appoint the nominee directors and then follow Mr Somers out of the door. Mr Leach should have resigned when he made disparaging comments about major shareholders in a meeting with fans. He should be suspended and subject to disciplinary procedures after the general meeting.''
The statement also criticised the process which led to Llambias' appointment as chief executive and the board's threats of legal action against the outgoing representatives of the Rangers Fans Board. The statement described Llambias' position as "untenable''.
Somers sits on a number of company boards - including Zenith Bank, Europe Arab Bank and the Fujitsu Technologies International Pension Plan - and it is understood he did not want to risk his reputation by being forcibly removed from the Ibrox boardroom.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association confirmed the Monday night hearing into Ashley's involvement with Rangers has broken up without a decision being reached.
The Newcastle United owner - who also holds a stake of just under nine per cent in the Ibrox club - is accused of breaching the governing body's rules on "dual ownership''.
The SFA said it would provide an update on the case on Tuesday.