Director leaves Rangers
More Ibrox upheaval as Gilligan quits board
Rangers’ hopes for a summer of stability have been undermined after the resignation of John Gilligan from the Ibrox board.
The club is braced for more off-the-pitch changes after the businessman tendered his notice two years after joining Dave King and Paul Murray in the boardroom coup in March 2015.
“I am proud to have played my part in helping the right people regain control of our fantastic club,” he said. “It was a long struggle but words can never describe the joy and thrill of winning that critical EGM. That memory will remain with me forever.
“There is still much to do but I am confident that the board will not fail our supporters, whose never-ending loyalty drives our club forward, and I thank each and every one of you for the tremendous backing we have received. I am looking forward to returning to my place beside you every week.”
Gilligan, who was reported to be the subject of fans’ ire following Celtic’s recent 5-1 victory at Ibrox, added: “Let me say it has been a privilege to serve this wonderful club and its supporters at boardroom level.
“It has been like living the dream and I am honoured to be able to say that I was deemed worthy to be a director of this Scottish institution and the greatest football club in the world.”
King paid tribute to the lifelong Rangers fan after his decision to step down from the board of RIFC plc.
“After regime change, it was necessary to compile a board who recognised the magnitude of the challenge facing the club and who had the passion and commitment to drive the club’s agenda forward against the obstacles that faced us at that time.
“When I approached John to assist with the rebuilding exercise he unhesitatingly agreed to do so, despite the challenges this would demand of his time given his other extensive business, social and family commitments.
“After years of tireless effort, lobbying, and campaigning to turn Rangers’ fortunes around, John has taken the decision to step down knowing that much of what was required post regime change has already been achieved and that the outstanding requirements have been clearly identified by the board, who have the necessary action plans in place.
“John would now like to concentrate on business and family life, as well as simply being a fan again.”
* Kenny Cameron has stepped down as Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman following the club’s relegation from the Scottish Premiership.
Caley Thistle announced he had “retired” after six years in the role during which they lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time.
“It is time for me to step down and leave others to take the club forward,” he said in a club statement.
“I urge the public of Inverness to strengthen their support for the club.”
* Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following the club’s relegation from the English Premiership.
The Glasgow-born former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager stepped down at the Stadium of Light after just one season and only six wins.
It is being speculated that he will find his next post in China.