Date: 10th July 2013 at 9:37am
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James Easdale has been given a silent ‘welcome’ to the blue room.

The controversial Renfrewshire transport tycoon was appointed as a non-executive director of Rangers International yesterday afternoon but there was no glowing words from chairman Walter Smith.

James, and his business partner, and brother, Sandy are believed to have an agreement in place to buy out Charles Green’s shareholding later this year.

The arrival of Easdale co-incided with the departures of Malky Murray and Phil Cartmell leaving Smith isolated in the board surrounded by Green’s allies.

In contrast to the silence that greeted Easdale’s arrival Smith was full of praise for the departing duo.

In a stock market statement the club chairman said: “Both Malcolm and Phil have made important and valuable contributions to the club.

“The last year has presented the club with a number of challenges and it has been beneficial to have two highly experienced non-executive directors such as Malcolm and Phil offering assistance.

“On behalf of the board I would like to thank them for their considerable efforts in helping to rebuild Rangers.┬áBoth men have other significant business interests and we wish them well in their future endeavours.”

When he was appointed as chairman in May Smith said: “Unity among the directors is vital. We must all be on the same page as often as possible. We won’t always agree but Rangers, this club and our fans must always come first.

“It is a great honour to be asked to take up this position and it goes without saying that I feel proud as well as humble. However, no one should believe that I see my role as a passive one.”

Smith’s boardroom skills are likely to be tested as the new look board attempt to get spending under control ahead of an AGM following the publication of audited accounts.