Barry Ferguson recently claimed that if a Middle East entity invests hundreds of millions, Douglas Park will be on his way out of Rangers.
The chairman of the Ibrox club has not been as unpopular among the fanbase and there’s growing unrest amongst the ultras against the current board.
They even had banners against Stewart Robertson and Ross Wilson during the game against Kilmarnock on Saturday, 4 March, and the security was spotted removing them.
Looking at this unrest, Barry Ferguson told Go Radio on 6 March, “I get asked about the board situation and I know Douglas Park very well. I am not just saying this because I know him.
“But he has put his money where his mouth is. I am sure if an investor came in from the middle east let’s say for talking sake, and is willing to invest in Rangers hundreds of millions, I am sure Douglas Park would step aside and allow that to happen if it was all good to go. There’s no doubt in my mind. But that’s just an example.”
While Rangers fans will welcome someone investing hundreds of millions into the club, they know that it will come at a cost.
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Firstly, the Middle Eastern states mainly invest in sports due to sportswashing as they want to improve their tarnished image in the world.
We do not think Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Abu Dhabi care about football predominantly but care more about the PR which is why they want to appear progressive to the world.
Their human rights records are atrocious and while they may have unlimited coffers as they’re backed by their respective governments, it leaves an eery feeling for fans.
Rangers supporters may also not be able to have as much of a say in the runnings of a club if someone comes in and changes the structure completely.
Protesting against said owners for non-footballing-related reasons may also be a problem and this will raise plenty of ethical dilemmas.
Sure, the board needs to go, but Middle Eastern interests may not be the way to achieve that.
In other Rangers news, the club are in line for a multi-million windfall from the Premier League after a £10m Auchenhowie milestone was reached.