It's A Matter Of Opinion

23 July 2012 07:00
Charles Green is still the man as far as newco Rangers are concerned and he hasn't spoken to anbody about selling up.

There seems to be a difference of opinion over the announcement by, Sale Sharks owner, Brain Kennedy that he has been talking to Sevco representatives about taking a majority shareholding in the newco. Chief executive Charles Green has denied anybody in his company has received an offer from, or held discussions with, Kennedy who announced today he had recently met a Sevco Scotland representative with a view to purchasing a majority stake in the club. Green said: "For the avoidance of doubt, the owners and board of the club are not interested in selling a majority stake in Rangers to anyone. I have said many times we are happy to talk to potential investors who wish to join the consortium on the basis that no single investor will have a majority shareholding and they support our commitment to a share issue for fans. We have checked with all the official representatives of shareholders and none of them have had meetings with Brian Kennedy so we have no idea who the gentleman is he is referring to. He has not contacted any board members on this matter and we have never received any written offer from him."  Green was responding to a statement made by Kennedy which backed up the accuracy of a report that stated he had submitted a £5.6million offer for a 51% shareholding in the club on 25 June. The statement read: "I have recently had several confidential meetings with a gentleman representing the shareholders of Sevco, with regards to my interest in purchasing a majority shareholding in Rangers Football Club. The details of these meetings and the written offer I have submitted have been disclosed from within the club. Now that this has leaked I have I have no alternative but to confirm that what is reported in the Daily Record regarding such matters is accurate." This is a third bit eat the cherry made by Kennedy as he was involved in two failed bids for Rangers before Green signed an exclusive deal with administrators, which led to Sevco buying the club's assets for £5.5million when it was consigned to liquidation. Sevco have rejected at least two bids for the club - one of around £6million from a Walter Smith-fronted consortium and one of £8.7million from a group led by John Brown.   With the club consigned to Division Three, subject to SFA membership, the club have cut season ticket prices by up to 50%, with books starting at £65 for juveniles and £258 for adults. However, the books are not on sale just yet as Sevco need to secure the transfer of Rangers' SFA membership. Green finished his statement by saying: "Many people had the opportunity to purchase the club prior to our consortium but failed to do so, including Mr Kennedy. Talk of yet more bids is a distraction from the very real task of securing SFA membership and rebuilding the club for the future. That is our sole focus and should be the priority for everyone with Rangers' best interests at heart." Today, Rangers fans bought the entire away allocation for their scheduled Ramsdens Cup first-round game against Brechin at Glebe Park on Sunday. However, the game going ahead depends on the transfer of Rangers' SFA membership to Sevco and a planned friendly against Fife Junior side Kelty Hearts on Wednesday was also postponed today. The Rangers squad have only played games behind closed doors at their Murray Park training ground as they are not licensed to play official fixtures. A statement from the East Super League club read: "The Stefan Winiarski testimonial match between Kelty Hearts and Rangers on Wednesday has been postponed to a later date due to the SFA not granting Rangers a licence to play any matches, friendlies or competitive. Rangers have instructed us that an alternative date will be arranged very soon so all tickets and hospitality tickets are still valid for the match. We are all gutted with all the work done sending tickets out etc, money spent and time put in by volunteers to make the night a great one, as you can imagine Stefan is also sick at this outcome. Programmes have been printed, food ordered, marquee for hospitality etc. So a thanks must go to the SFA for having a negative impact on not only the top end of Scottish football but the lower end also."


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