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.