McGEOCH DENIES WHYTE LINKS
St Mirren director Ken McGeoch has firmly denied any association with Rangers owner Craig Whyte following allegations from club chairman Stewart Gilmour.
McGeoch spoke out after the board called an extraordinary general meeting for May 3 after the majority ownership consortium failed to force his resignation.
The consortium, who are trying to sell their stake, had called for McGeoch's resignation after he attended a meeting with lawyer Gary Withey, who was company secretary of Rangers, in the St Mirren boardroom to discuss McGeoch's takeover plans in November last year.
Gilmour on Monday read out a statement detailing that McGeoch's partner in his takeover plan, Paul Davies, had arranged to meet Whyte.
A joint statement from McGeoch and Davies read: "We categorically deny any association past or present with Craig Whyte.
"In January/February 2011 Paul Davies and Mark Dunlop - as a private business enterprise - approached Raymond Farrelly, head of business development at Rangers Football Club, regarding the creation of a Rangers community gym.
"With the impending takeover of Rangers FC the matter had stalled, however the project was still very much of interest to both Mr Davies and Mr Dunlop.
"The subject of the community gym was mentioned in general conversation at a meeting on November 25 at New St Mirren Park with Gary Withey, of Collyer Bristow, appointed lawyers for Mr Davies and Ken McGeoch's proposed takeover of St Mirren FC.
"Mr Withey offered to arrange a meeting with Rangers new owner Craig Whyte. Mr Davies informed Mr Dunlop of this conversation and offer, however, it is a meeting which was never arranged and therefore never took place.
"It had no connection whatsoever with St Mirren FC - the takeover of St Mirren FC has always been, and remains, about the long-term sustainability of the football club."
The selling consortium have described Withey's involvement as a "serious breach of trust and an error of judgement" on the part of McGeoch, who countered that Collyer Bristow were established legal experts on football takeover deals.
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