Football - Easdale confident ahead of AGM

Influential Rangers shareholder Sandy Easdale believes the Govan club will keep its boardroom intact at next Thursday's keenly-awaited annual general meeting at Ibrox.

Former Rangers oldco director Paul Murray, former chairman Malcolm Murray, Scott Murdoch and Alex Wilson - known as the requisitioners - will look to be voted onto a new-look board following months of lobbying.

Easdale, who sits on the football club board but not the PLC board, holds voting rights over 26.8 per cent of the total shareholding of the club, 4.5 per cent of which he owns himself.

His brother, and McGill's bus firm co-owner James, sits on the PLC board, and will be up for re-election along with finance director Brian Stockbridge, recently appointed chief executive Graham Wallace, chairman David Somers and non-executive director Norman Crighton.

Easdale has no immediate ambition to join the PLC board but is confident that they have enough shareholders on their side to see off the requisitioners.

"I believe we have a lot more than that (51 per cent) but I wouldn't like to put a figure on it," he said.

"I am confident that we will win the day and I am confident the votes will go our way because of the board that we have put together.

"All the things Jim McColl (Scottish businessman who backed the requisitioners) and Malcolm Murray were asking for, we have it.

"A full, credible board, corporate governance, a chairman; that is in place now and I hope the fans who have been brainwashed by information that has a spin on it or a slant, can see that.

"Going with the requisitioners is a step backwards for the club."

Easdale described his own attitude to finances as "prudent" and is looking for an increase in season-ticket prices for next season.

He said: "I am sorry if nobody agrees with that but we have to pay for the running of the club and the footballers.

"What I will say is that when the fans buy their ticket from the club their money is getting looked after and cherished more than ever.

"I believe we have the proper people in place who will take care of the fans' money.

"Rangers is fan-based and the world is looking at us so we must take care of the money now.

"That will mean a lot of hard decisions and we are looking at every contract, from the largest contract to the people who supply the paper clips."