The bitter war for control of the Ibrox boardroom has escalated into the world of newspapers with the Daily Record launching a savage attack on the Scottish Sun.
Responding to an article published on the Sevco website on Saturday the Record set’s out it’s own position after being highlighted as a publication ‘who appear to pursue an anti-Rangers agenda’.
In an opinion piece today Keith Jackson set’s out the Record’s view saying: “This newspaper is a staunch supporter of Scottish football. Commercially, the more the game thrives in this country, the better it is for our business.
“And while doubtless there are skewed and malevolent people out there who long for the day Rangers self-destruct for good, these extremist views are not shared across this office floor.
“On the contrary, the Record knows that, in order for Scottish football to be returned to a fit state, Rangers will first have to be fixed or, to use another of McCoist’s own words, “cleansed” from the inside out. The sooner this happens the better for all of us who love our national sport.
“With that in mind, this newspaper has done more than any other in an attempt to shine a light on some of the murkier operations which have been carried out behind closed doors ever since Whyte’s pointy shoes first crossed the threshold.”
The secret ingredient in the crossfire between Sevco and the Record is Jim Traynor who quit the newspaper in December to take up Charles Green’s offer to become communications director at Ibrox.
Turning his attention to Scotland’s top selling newspaper Jackson adds: “I take great pride in the work this paper undertook to prove Whyte was a liar and cheat. It was a six-month slog throughout which Whyte consistently cuddled up to our rivals and fed them scraps from his table.
“Such subservience is an affront to journalism. But it is the easy option and one favoured by the Scottish Sun in particular.
“That publication has repeatedly handed over its pages to people such as Whyte, Green, Imran Ahmad and most recently Brian Stockbridge, the financial director whose own questionable conduct regarding videoing Malcolm Murray and then releasing it has also been revealed in the Record.”
With the Record rolling out the red carpet to Jim McColl, Paul Murray and Kieran Prior the battle lines are being drawn across the sports desks as well as the Ibrox boardroom.
Looking at how the different factions influence public opinion Jackson explains the role of Jack Irvine and Media House in the on-going Ibrox soap opera.added: “Up until very recently Irvine’s Media House enjoyed a highly-lucrative contract with Rangers.
“Over the past two years it acted also to protect the reputations and interests of Whyte, Duff and Phelps, Green, Ahmad and Stockbridge.
“Earlier this month Irvine selected a group of hand-picked “friendly” journalists to interview Green at the Easdales’ bus depot.
“Green used those platforms to demand £14m from Jim McColl, while admitting to being devious and an embarrassment.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Daily Record was not invited. Nor did it have any wish to be.”
Tomorrow the Ibrox board meet to discuss Charles Green’s role as a club consultant. Also on the agenda will be the call for the removal of three directors which will go to an EGM if it’s not agreed.