Former Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has been warned to stay away from Ibrox for his own safety today, according to reports in the Scottish media.

Both Ashley appointee Llambias and Rangers Chariman Sandy Easdale are said to have been told to not attend today’s match against Raith Rovers, by the club’s own security chiefs.

Amongst the Scottish media publishing these reports is the Daily Record, who say that the anger of the fans has gone up a number of notches since Mike Ashley’s loan of the five players from Newcastle, a move which was seen as undermining manager Kenny McDowall.

However, the main vitriol is due to the outrageous decision to the Rangers board deciding to host their general meeting over 400 miles away in London. The meeting being called by opposition shareholder Dave King who has called for the removal of the board.

With Rangers having over 5,000 small shareholders, the London move is a seen as a cynical attempt to try and keep the current Directors on the board.  John Hall and Freddy Shepherd used the same tactics when at Newcastle, as United nosedived under their management with big losses but big salaries and dividends still being taken by the Hall and Shepherd families, they also moved NUFC AGMs to London to stop Newcastle fan shareholders attending in numbers due to the stick they were receiving.

Rangers themselves have refused to comment on the issue.

Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Remie Streete are all expected to make their Rangers debuts this afternoon in the Scottish fifth round cup match.

Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson are still recovering from injury and receiving treatment at Newcastle before linking up with the other three loan players.

The Rangers Supporters Trust insist the pair don’t face any threat from the fans, with a spokesman stating;

 “I think they’ll get abuse but I don’t think they are in danger – the directors’ box is totally cordoned off at any game.”

There are parallels with what happened at Newcastle when Mike Ashley claimed he couldn’t attend matches due to threats to him and his family.

Many United fans believing at the time this to be a cynical ploy to try and turn the blame onto supporters, to divert attention away from his mismanagement of the club and treatment of Kevin Keegan and supporters.


  • No Brainer

    So f***
    Are you a nufc fan or rangers

  • TonyMarkElsender

    Not the point Ashley is a cancer everywhere he goes

  • AshGT

    Not sure what your point is here, we all know MA tactic is to buy up brands that are in financial trouble and hence cheap. Many would say he’s destroyed value in NUFC but there’s nothing to destroy in Rangers; it’s been a financial basket case for years before MA started sniffing.

  • A lex

    Good on the Scots. Giving them grief is the only way.

  • fyodor48

    no brainer!!! If ever à nick was applicable!
    Excellent article dear author, as a bluenose and a nufc fan i am grateful for the piece. If Mr Ashley was more open with the fans of both clubs and tried some dialogue  he may find the experience refreshing. Know one likes à bully, you wld think à clever entrepreneur would get that.But apparently not!!
    I just wish Gers fans wld boycott the games altogether, loosing money i am sûre is the only way to force Mr Ashley et-al to enter onto the écart world of dialogue.
    Cheers again for the article.

  • fyodor48

    AshGT,  just to say the Gers have’nt  been a financial basket case for that long, truth be told for well over à century we have been an excellently run club
    If anything we have been a victim of crime.
    For 140 years or so we paid our taxes etc etc etc then à “convicted crook” gets his hands on the place and deliberately defrauds the taxman,  and the rest is history! Over 140 years dismissed, à club judged as if it has allways been run in a crooked way, then of course fans of the rest of Scottish fitba couldnae resist putting the boot in by blackmailing their own clubs saying if they never voted to put rangers in bottom tier of Scottish fitba they wld boycot their own clubs…. That wld never happen in the sane world free from rabid hatered you experience in English fitba…. Sure there is hatered of your fiercest rivals but to collectively blackmail your own clubs to put the boot into à club hundreds of miles from you, wld be unlikely to happen in English fitba.
    Welcome to Scottish fitba and thank #@$% for Sky:-)

  • LeazesEnder

    fyodor48 It could have been worse…you could have had Freddy Shepherd as owner… a crass pickpocket who lets you watch.

  • Free the world

    I’m from Northern Ireland and have always been a rangers fan from birth , yes over here we ether support rangers or them green and white guys depends on what side of the peace wall your on. I am also a die hard newcastle fan and travel over to games regular. I’m afraid we can not beat this corporate beast money talks and Ashley has plenty of that and skin so thick it would make a rhinos look soft. He doesn’t give a f##k as long as the books look good and money is going to him and the shareholders. We can bitch and moan all we want. But isn’t the whole world becoming inslaved by these corporate pigs?? Only way to truely deal with it is stop supporting go outside and enjoy life fu*k giving your money to them. Just sum thoughts

  • Greekgeordie

    Doing your best to deliver news and views on Newcastle United? what Rangers are doing on a day that Newcastle is playing Stoke at home has no interest to the fans, as much as Alan Pardew producing another winning performance with Crystal Palace.
    It is down to you now to interpreter the above comment.

  • SirSmith72

    Free the world if people proxy the votes it doesn’t matter how much cash ashley has, share by share we will get over 50% vote at the EGM

  • Chemical Dave

    i’m interested.

  • Chemical Dave

    No Brainer 
    incase you hadn’t noticed soft length the two clubs are linked these days.

  • Chemical Dave

    LeazesEnder fyodor48 
    what are people’s expectations of those that own/run the club ? Personally, I’m beyond caring what these people ‘take’ out, just aslong as there’s a genuine attempt to make going to the match enjoyable again.

  • No Brainer

    That real just shows what a sad bunch of folks you are sounds like you’d have really done a good job looking after yourselves we should have let you.
    I reject your welcome to scottish fitba. Its just not football its barely the standard of the conference you can keep it.
    Though I have just thought if the hoops fans will be singing a toon song in a few weeks.
    have you ever seen a bluenose in milan have you ev

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  • scotty63

    Chemical Dave Greekgeordie and me

  • A lex

    Chemical Dave LeazesEnder fyodor48 Agree with you on that totally. The rewards that Hall and Shepherd took are often highlighted, but I also look at the rewards they delivered to us in terms of team build / performances, efforts to actually win something, a fantastic stadium and a positive global image / brand. All of that happened under their watch. Just what kind of destruction and negativity will we have to look back on when Ashley eventually goes.??

  • A lex

    scotty63 Chemical Dave Greekgeordie ….and me. We’re ALL Spartacus here! What’s going / not going to happen up at Rangers is inextricably linked to NUFC.

  • newcastle7

    While  Iam not interested in Rangers one little bit except for their connections with Chelsea without the help
    of Ashley the gates would be shut and they would be again relegated to division four.Next time I see him will tell him to pull the plug and let Chelsea’s allies rot in hell.

  • DavidDrape


  • DavidDrape

    Rules are rules

  • DavidDrape

    Agree toon celt

  • DavidDrape

    Spot on

  • DavidDrape

    Hope Ashley and his mib get chased Down the m74 would love to see it. Rangers fans won’t mess around shame Ashley didn’t know this before he got involved

  • No Brainer

    DavidDrape what exactly do you mean by rangers fans won’t mess around, are they some sort of super fan, are they better fans than newcastle’s. Or do you mean they are a bunch of mindless thugs who look to exact revenge to someone keeping their club alive by using violence?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    newcastle7 Plenty of others, including King, offered the money. Llambias and Leach made sure their attempts were rejected. 
    None of them wanted to take the retail operation away, nor Ibrox naming rights (for 1 Pound), or other assets as security. Thats what help from Ashley gets you along with the cronies he installs.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Greekgeordie It should interest you whats going on up the road. This is how your owner operates and it’s all making it into the news for a change, instead of being top secret here.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Chemical Dave He’s Ashley bed warmer mate. In love and nowt anyone says gets through to him.

  • No Brainer

    Just do you know the facts, I know it can be a bit irksome for you but hear goes.
    king made his conditional offer without showing evidence of funds. The money was not to be a loan but to invest in equity at 20p per share at the time 10% less than they were being traded at 22.5p per share. The total value of rangers by way of shares issued at a list price of 20p is guess yep you have it £16m. Effectively they were looking to take 50% of the company for a mere £16m.
    However when board suggested they would look at the proposal when the consortium where able to show proof of funds ungortunatrly King was either unable or unwilling to do so.
    As the proposal would have only have given enough fluidity until june with no evidence the condotia could further fund the club.
    It was always going to be dismissed out of hand. In the interests of minority shareholders.

  • Sickandtiredstill
  • No Brainer

    From the Telegraph, as you say a story! Unfortunately it does not refute the info I provide save suggesting debt and equity. King’s own words were equity only.
    The rest of this piece is nothing other than the outing of a disagreement between two parties arguing about the best route to get the same thing.
    Does that ever happen in any relationship.
    so to summarise
    what did you foolishly think the point was using this piece to further your argument.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Factual reporting, not opinion, without your sycophantic spin.
    Everyone involved up there is or has been a crook in one way or another. Ashley is in great company. The gallant owner and saviour of NUFC in your eyes. 
    You posting one side of an argument (Somers version) is hardly evidence of anything, except your devotion to the fat man.

  • No Brainer

    Yes facts, but you are do delude I’d be surprised you if you know what sycophantic means.
    If you wish to read my posts they only mention king’s own words should you wish to lie thats your chouce but it explaibs your inability to understand As for being crooks well if tgats the case every single one of them shoild be arrested.
    on a side note do you have any interest in football or nufc?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer 42 years worth, thanks very much. If I wasn’t interested in football or NUFC then I really wouldn’t give a toss about Ashley.

  • paul janes

    Nobrain errr! Little bit of a superior attitude there questioning whether Sickand tired still knows the meaning of sycophantic.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    paul janes No worries, mate, but thanks.

    Funnily enough i do know the meaning of the word and that;s why I used it!

    He’s pro Ashley troll.

  • No Brainer

    Yes, you’re right. I do feel that way I think the dactual elements of what I write are really important.
    if there is intelligence in sicky’s responses it can only be that these none football utterences are to try and cause further doubt in nufc fans minds.
    surely, it is the honest people who will win a dispute with the owners, liars using untruths are easilt dismissed.
    As for being a troll I’m sorry your unaware of what the trendy term is used to describe tgese days. Taking to task those talking sh**e isn’t covered.
    As gor Ashley he has done domethings very very well and others not so. As for Carver away at hull he did very very well at home yesterday he did very very poorly. It seems a bit like all of us really. We have not really supported the team since 1998.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer

    The only thing Ashley has done very well is make himself and SD shareholders much richer and our football club and team much worse.  Peope like you just try and defend the indefensible from behind a spew of baseless nonsense.

    Like us going bust. Name one other PL team who has gone bust since its conception and tv revenue flowed into their coffers?

    Call me a liar again, [email protected]@K, and I’ll make sure you are never seen on here again.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer
    “All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true within itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”
    Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf.

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Reduced ticket prices?
    People like me? I believe  you don’t even know me if only you could see your own folly. 
    Ranting, as you do in anger, then being dis-proven, seems to cause only more anger, you are blinded by hate that its clouding your ability to do what you want to do, make change.
    You will be here a long time to find a post of mine saying the club was going bust. 
    But you asked for a team from the PL which has went bust and you can have Portsmouth which went bust after its little flight of fancy with the likes of us. of course it was the PL practices that made them go bust after they were relegated.

    As for me calling you a liar. You wrote
    You posting one side of an argument (Somers version) – having never mentioned  any post, misused his quotes nor have i reffered to his evidences or position. (in fact i had barely read much of his utterences or knew of him until your telegraph link today. So I am fully justified in saying that you are a liar and you were using lies to to try and prove a point which is entirely flawed. So here have it again
    I will be back as i am not quite sick and tired of you yet.
    Stop being a nasty pasty

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer And you most certainly don’t know me.
    No anger at all here, just annoyance. Most of all at and for you.
    Touche on Pompey but of course I was referring to the established sides. The top teams, you know, that we were told we would be challenging?
    Closest we came to having a fear of going bust in recent years was when we got relegated and fatty had to put his hand in his pocket to save his own investment (money).
    As for your comments on King – please feel free to post a link from where you took that information. I seem to have equally as many which puts a completely different angle on that than the one you want to keep pushing.
    I am, conversely, entirely sick and tired of you. You promote one agenda and I intend to keep shouting that down.
    I’ll leave you to your reading of Mein Kampf and how to promote the big lie.

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Read that as a child no need to go back I have to go coach kids now, as football is what i am interested go join a political party or go to the gym you need to let go of it, what ever it is that’s sending you up the wall.

    Did you watch, or go to the match yesterday? It was crap wasn’t it, though we had some good chances but defended far to deeply.
    Maybe Carver set us up to defensively to play stoke.

    How about you, you are as you say interested in football.

  • SusanCommon

    No Brainer DavidDrape make your own mind up loads of brains