By Sam Stone

14th May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Rangers Dave King 'peace talks' on cards as Ibrox matter emerges - Gary Keown

Gary Keown has claimed Rangers must hold “peace talks” with former chairman Dave King as part of a larger-scale rebuild during the summer.

The Light Blues have ended the season on a positive note after beating Celtic 3-0 in the final Old Firm clash of the 2022/23 season.

Writing in his latest column for the Scottish Daily Mail, Keown has claimed a number of things need to take place over the course of the summer.

“In addition to the trifling matter of having to completely rebuild the footballing side of the business, re-establishing relationships and remembering how to behave like a proper big club need to take centre-stage at Ibrox over the summer,” wrote Keown (Scottish Daily Mail, pg 111, 14 May).

“This involves a number of things including peace talks with former chairman Dave King, recruitment of allies and the generation of capital behind the scenes.”


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It promises to be a busy summer at Ibrox for a number of reasons. There are a number of positions which need to be filled, and fast. The lack of a sporting director is certainly making life harder for Beale, but there are some deals in the pipeline at present.

Dujon Sterling looks nailed on to be a Rangers player, with Kieran Dowell and Jack Butland also closing in on their moves to Ibrox. It feels as if the Light Blues boss has a handle on the transfer dealings and that’s good news. The win over Celtic has sent a gentle reminder that the gap between the two sides is not that great.

Beyond their starting XI, Ange Postecoglou’s side are fairly average. They weren’t at it on Saturday and were rightfully punished by the Gers. With the right recruitment and under Beale’s supervision, there’s no reason why Rangers cannot return to winning silverware in the 2023/24 campaign.

Another trophyless season will not be tolerated.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton got in a squabble with a Light Blues fan live on BBC Radio, prompting Robbie Savage to cut in and apologise for his attitude.