Troubled Sevco have fired out an angry club statement criticising two newspapers and the growing threat of internet information.
With a massive week coming up in the boardroom a seven line statement, under the headline ‘For the Avoidance of Doubt’ by an unknown author, urges supporters to disregard reports that the club is on the brink of administration and a bitter civil war among shareholders.
Widespread reports that the £22m allegedly raised in December’s share issue has already been spent goes unchallenged with one report of a proposal to sell and lease back Ibrox and Murray Park appearing to touch a raw nerve.
After the predictable threat of consulting lawyers the second line of the statement warns: “In particular, they are examining a malicious piece which seems to suggest that the Club does not own its facilities.”
Moving on to the former employer of the clubs’ director of communications the statement says: “Nor can we react to every journalist and publication who appear to pursue an anti-Rangers agenda, publications such as the Daily Record which today boasts yet another headline which does not accurately reflect what manager Ally McCoist said in his press conference yesterday.
“This paper’s intent is clear and we urge our fans to see it for what it is. If Rangers fans want the truth they will find it only on the Club’s official platforms.”
In a final warning the statement ends with: “Finally, Jack Irvine of Media House does not speak for this Club.”
Yesterday’s Herald carried a glowing profile of James and Sandy Easdale within a plea for boardroom unity and the dropping of the request for an EGM to remove three key figures from the Sevco boardroom.
The article quoted Jack Irvine as a spokesman for the Greenock based transport tycoons, until recently Media House had the contract for Ibrox PR with Irvine enjoying the friendship of Dave Murray dating back to his days as editor of the Sunday Scot.