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Returns after six years

Former chairman Johnston back on Rangers board

Alastair Johnston (SNS Group)
Alastair Johnston (SNS Group)

Rangers have bolstered the board by handing former chairman Alastair Johnston a return ticket to Ibrox after an absence of six years.

The US-based businessman was chairman from 2009-2011 after succeeding David Murray but was removed from the post in the wake of Craig Whyte’s takeover.

However, the native Glaswegian has accepted an invitation from Dave King to replace John Gilligan following his resignation last month and joins King and Paul Murray on the board.

Mr Johnston is also vice-chairman of the sports and entertainment group IMG Worldwide and the Govan club believes his business acumen will be key to its attempts to become a force in European football again.

“Alastair is a former chairman of Rangers who parted with the club in 2011 pursuant to Craig Whyte’s takeover which he vehemently opposed,” said a club statement.

“We can now again benefit from Alastair’s experience of the club’s affairs as well as his long and successful career in the broader sports marketing industry.

“His contributions to the club will play an important part in determining our strategy as we navigate our journey back to the highest echelons of European football.”

A vocal critic of Mr Whyte, Mr Johnston’s return to Rangers comes on the day the former club owner was cleared at the High Court in Glasgow of all fraud charges relating to his takeover in May 2011.

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