Rangers have taken court proceedings against Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and three other former directors of the Glasgow club.

The civil case involves the former Rangers chief executives Charles Green and Derek Llambias, as well as former director Imran Ahmad and the former financial director Brian Stockbridge, plus Mike Ashley.

The case has been brought at the Court of Session in Edinburgh and it has been made public at this point as Imran Ahmad is believed to be out of the country, so subsequently notice has been served to him via an advertisement in The Times today (Monday), which has alerted the media to the case against Ahmad and the others.

Part of the advertisement in the Times reads:

“If Imran Ahmad wishes to challenge the jurisdiction of the court or to defend the action, he should contact the Deputy Principal Clerk of Session, Edinburgh, EH1 1RQ immediately and in any event by not later than 21 days from the date of publication of this advertisement.”

When contacted, Rangers had no comment to make to any media.

Only last week Rangers withdrew the rights for Rangers Retail Limited, a commercial joint venture with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct, to use the club’s trademarks, which means that he company can no longer produce or distribute merchandise that bears the club’s badge.

Many Rangers fans had stopped buying any official merchandise due to claims that the club only made 4p profit for every £1 of goods sold.

Newcastle supporters and Rangers fans also wait to see what happens this summer, as Mike Ashley needs the express permission of the Football League to continue to hold his near 9% stake in Rangers, at the same time as his ownership of Newcastle United.