By Nick Ware

29th May, 2021 | 2:36pm

Mike Ashley emerges triumphant after Rangers court battle

Rangers have been forced to disband their legal action against Mike Ashley and Sports Direct after a long-running battle, according to the Glasgow Times.

The Light Blues announced legal proceedings in 2020 to get back a sum of £2,840,236, plus interest and expenses, that they believed they were owed through its merchandise deal with sports firm Hummel, in a row over replica shirt sales.

However, the Gers have emerged as losers after a court ruling.

As exclusively reported by the Glasgow Times journalist Martin Williams, “the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division has backed Sports Direct’s bid to block the vital income stream saying the club cannot profit when there is an injunction and cannot pursue the claim.”

Akil Shah, QC for Rangers, said it was a “startling conclusion” and that it would “simply penalise Rangers whilst providing no benefit to Sports Direct.”

The man that never goes away

Just when one thinks the spectre of Ashley has been removed from the club, another report comes around the corner that reminds us that he is always hovering like a bad smell.

Ashley held a vice-like grip over the club after purchasing an 8.92% stake in October 2014.

There were numerous clashes with fans, particularly after his attempt to secure a £10million loan using Ibrox as security.

Many Rangers fans that felt powerless tried to take some ownership of the matter and initiated a boycott of the Sports Direct stores and their sale of Light Blues kits.

Ashley finally sold his shares to Club 1872 and Julian Wolhardt in 2017, but even now we are still counting the costs of his influence on the club.

This latest legal ruling is another kick in the teeth for Rangers and supporters who are sick of seeing his name associated with the club.

That we have now been denied the chance to claim our own money back, rightfully due, is another source of frustration.

We can only hope his name starts to fade further into obscurity and we can build a healthy future away from immoral vultures such Ashley.

In other Rangers news, Bill Young left in hysterics as the Light Blues are linked with this Scotland international