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5 live Sport special: Rangers - What Next?

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Andy Dill | 13:29 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Glasgow Rangers' Ibrox stadium

 

By Steve Houghton:

With Rangers in administration and its future shrouded in uncertainty, 250 supporters gathered at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Monday to debate what's next for their club - a club with one of the richest histories in British football.

The two hour programme, hosted by 5 Live Sport's Mark Chapman, heard from former players including Andy Goram and Mark Hateley, politicians such as former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish, as well as journalists and fans' representatives.

The discussion was passionate but measured with many contributors more optimisitic about the club now a number of potential buyers have tabled official bids.

However, the chairmanship of Rangers owner Craig Whyte came under intense scrutiny with many members of the audience blaming him for the financial meltdown.

Gordon Smith, who until recently worked as the club's director of football, insisted he had no idea the club had been heading for administration.

One supporter, a Rangers shareholder, got a huge round of applause when he laid blame at the door of Whyte's predecessor Sir David Murray.

And the audience also became animated when they discussed the possibility of Rangers playing in the English Premier League in the future.

One show of hands suggested around 80% of fans in the room would like to see their club defect south of the border, a move which would greatly increase its revenue streams.

What that would mean for Scottish football as a whole would need another long programme of its own.

Steve Houghton is a 5 live Sport producer.

You can hear Rangers: What next? by downloading the 5 live Sport Special podcast.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Plymouth Argyle, Rushden and Diamonds, Darlington, Portsmouth, Port Vale. May have forgotten one or two. These clubs matter to all their fans too. Rangers may have been bigger, and may have been better, they may have been based on a totally different concept of life, but fans are fans and so now would you please do a piece on these clubs and all the others facing the same problem?

    No thanks to Rangers coming south by the way.

 

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