Murray keen to avoid board exclusion

14 March 2012 09:47

Paul Murray, who is aiming to lead a consortium in a takeover of Rangers, believes it would be wrong if he is prevented from taking a place on the board if his bid succeeds.

Murray's previous involvement in the club appears to be in contradiction with criteria laid down in the Scottish Football Association's rules over 'fit and proper' club officials. Although Murray left the Rangers board nine months before they went into administration on February 14, the insolvency raises doubts over him playing an official role in any Scottish club.

However, although the clause is clear, the SFA have the authority to rule as to whether a person is fit and proper and Murray believes his stance against Craig Whyte, who took the club into administration, benefits his claim. He said in The Herald: "It's a matter of record that of all the directors at the club I was probably the most vocal against Craig Whyte."

Murray added: "I think I've been pretty consistent from day one that his deal was not in the interests of the club. So I'd be pretty surprised if I was somehow accused of being part of his regime. If the Blue Knights succeed I would intend to be on the board.

"I obviously believe that we have the club's best interests at heart and I want to be successful. But if someone steps in who has deeper pockets and is the right person then, speaking first of all as a Rangers supporter, I would step aside tomorrow."

Murray said on Friday that Ticketus, whose money allowed Whyte to complete his takeover, were backing his consortium along with the main supporters groups.

On Sunday Murray revealed that motoring tycoon Douglas Park was among those who have expressed interest in his group, along with two London-based businessmen - fund manager John Bennett of the Henderson Group and property adviser Scott Murdoch of CWM.

South Africa-based Dave King, the only survivor from the Sir David Murray era on the board, is also a supporter, but must negotiate a dispute with tax authorities in South Africa.

"It's critical that there is complete transparency in this after everything that's happened," Murray added.

"At the moment I'm moving forward on the basis that Dave is not involved. If he can resolve his issues and any issues with the SFA then I would be happy to speak to him; he's a guy I have a lot of respect for."

Source: PA