Gers fans back consortium bid

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Loyal Rangers fans in Corby are backing a consortium bidding to buy the club.

And supporters in the town will get their chance to help at a special fundraising event at Corby’s Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club later in the season.

Administrators are to push ahead with attempts to sell the club after securing cost cuts. A players’ wage-reduction deal has been struck, with some losing 75 per cent of their pay until the end of the season.

Mark McPhie, 33, a member of the committee of the supporters’ club in Rockingham Road, Corby, said fans are optimistic the club will be sold.

He said: “The consortium bid is a lifeline and everyone’s feeling better about the future. Support for Rangers is solid and no-one believes the club will go down, ending more than 100 years of football history. It’s a bad time for fans but we’re in safe hands with Ally McCoist.”

Former Rangers director Paul Murray has confirmed he has joined with fans to formulate an offer – with the company that facilitated Craig Whyte’s takeover. Ticketus, whose £24m cash injection in return for rights to sell future season tickets was used by Whyte to pay off the bank debt he himself had pledged to settle, are attempting to help finance the Blue Knights consortium.

The wage-reduction deal means the £1m savings will allow Rangers to finish the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season and provide “breathing space” for sale attempts.

Mr McPhie said: “The club has appealed for help from the fans and we’ll be holding a fundraising day. No matter how small a sum we raise we’ll be doing our bit..”

Adminstrators Duff and Phelps have set a Friday deadline for would-be buyers to place their bids and have confirmed bidders from as far afield as America and the Far East have shown interest in buying the club.

Rangers fan William Dobbie, from East Kilbride, who was visiting Corby Rangers Supporters Club at the weekend, said: “It’s been a tough time but fans are confident the club won’t go into liquidation. I hope the consortium is successful in its bid.”

Fans at the Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club and Corby Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, which meets at Stewarts and Lloyds Bowl Club, both have travel sections which run coaches to the home games.