Irvine’s PR company, Media House, was recently ditched from it’s long running contract with the club but has been brought back on board in a bid to bad mouth the Govan Rebels led by Carmunnock based billionaire Jim McColl.
Plans to find a compromise between McColl’s bid to oust three directors and install his own men have been ditched with the boardroom battle for control of Ibrox about to get dirty.
Highly paid chief executive Craig Mather has called in Irvine to control his campaign to stay on the board with the former editor of the Scottish Sun ready to go to war with the rebels.
Last Saturday in an article titled For The Avoidance of Doubt the club website stated: “Finally, Jack Irvine of Media House does not speak for this club.”
Now that he is back on board with Mather, Irvine told Press Association Sport: “The board felt that they were not successfully articulating their defence against the vicious and at times underhand attacks of Jim McColl, Frank Blin and Paul Murray.
“The board also felt that there are huge public misconceptions about the financial realities of the club and once again this was a failure of communication.
“Interestingly I have known Jim, Frank and Paul for many, many years and have a huge respect for their abilities in their individual fields.
“Unfortunately I believe they have now stepped out of their comfort zones and are going to find that the everyday rules of business do not apply in the world of football and the media scrutiny they now face is like nothing they will ever have known in their professional lives.
“I, and many other observers, are also staggered at the arrogance of men who have invested nothing in the club yet feel they can dictate to directors who have sunk substantial sums into the venture. I am also reminded that some of these individuals had the chance to buy the club for a modest sum yet were repeatedly found wanting.
“Since then they have done little but damage the club they claim to love. That is reprehensible behaviour and needs to be recognised as such.”
It seems that the once dignified goings on of the Blue Room are about to be cast aside as a very nasty public war is fought out across the newspaper pages with a number of former Rangers directors fearing that newco administration is inevitable.