McCOLL MAKES PLEA FOR RANGERS SALE
One of the members of the Walter Smith-led consortium has issued a public appeal to Charles Green to sell Rangers to their group.
Jim McColl, one of a number of prominent Scottish businessmen involved with the bid, believes a quick change in ownership would be in the best interests of the Ibrox side and Scottish football as a whole.
Former manager Smith confirmed he was leading a dramatic 11th hour bid for the stricken Glasgow giants - believed to be worth £6million - earlier on Thursday.
Green then revealed he had completed his purchase of the business and assets of Rangers as a newco for £5.5million after a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) was formally rejected at a creditors meeting on Thursday morning.
His newly-appointed finance director Imran Ahmad told a press conference that Green's consortium had spent £10million in order to complete the deal and that their investors would want to see "a substantial return" on their investment.
However, McColl warned the new owners they do not have the backing of the Rangers support and urged them to consider a quick sale.
He said in a statement: "I would like to issue a public appeal to Charles Green to strongly consider selling the club to the Walter Smith consortium.
"This would be in the best interests of Rangers FC, the Rangers fans and all of Scottish football.
"Mr Green does not have the backing of the Rangers support and the longer he delays, the harder the situation will become."
McColl's views were backed by a statement from the Rangers Supporters Trust, which read: "The Board of the Rangers Supporters' Trust welcome today's bid headed by Walter Smith.
"We firmly support the view that Rangers men should be in charge at this critical time in our history and that no profit should be gained by any individuals owning the club.
"This bid is the only one which will ensure all the Rangers family are united and if it comes to fruition we can pick ourselves up and take the first tentative steps on the long road to recovery and our 55th Scottish League Championship.
"The Rangers Supporters' Trust board calls on all supporters' to hold off renewing season tickets till this situation is resolved."
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