Kilmarnock: Russel Smith steps down as Rugby Park director

Kilmarnock company secretary Michael Johnston
Supporters organised a recent protest against Johnston but he did not show up for the last home game

Russel Smith has resigned as a director of Kilmarnock.

BBC Scotland understands boardroom unrest over the position of company secretary Michael Johnston was at the heart of Smith's decision.

It means only three directors remain on the Rugby Park club's board - Billy Bowie, John Kiltie and Johnston.

Smith joined a five-man board in March 2014 following a deal that cleared the Scottish Premiership club's debt, with Kiltie taking a seat in March 2015.

There have been calls for Johnston to move on, with shareholders saying his presence is hindrance to securing local investment, but the former chairman has stood firm.

An offer in the region of £1.9m for Johnston's shareholding last month is now off the table after he wanted to include clauses in the deal.

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