Ibrox changes

Bennett takes Rangers chair as Park leaves

Douglas Park (DB)

Pressures: Douglas Park

John Bennett has taken over as the chairman of Rangers after Douglas Park’s surprise decision to step down from the board.

The 72-year-old founder of the Park’s Motor Group quits after three years in the role, and also leaves his position as director at Ibrox.

Bennett steps up from his position as vice-chairman.

“It’s been a great honour to serve the club as a director and chairman,” said Park.

“During my eight years in office, we endured extraordinary pressures. I am glad we have stabilised and strengthened the club and it is now time for me to hand over the baton to a new chairman for the next stage in the club’s development.

“I look forward to continuing to attend matches supporting the team and I wish John and all at Rangers Football Club the very best.”

Paying tribute to his predecessor, Bennett said: “On behalf of all my colleagues, and indeed the entire Rangers family, I want sincerely to thank Douglas for his eight years of service.

“Over the last three years, he led the club during exceptionally challenging times. It’s a source of great comfort that Douglas, although no longer a board member, will be by our side to support us in our relentless pursuit of success.”

A statement from the club said: “Douglas Park, who has been chairman of Rangers International Football Club PLC (RIFC) for three years, has decided to step down from his role. The RIFC Board unanimously agreed to instal the current vice-chairman, John Bennett, as the club’s new chairman.

“Douglas became chairman of Rangers at the end of March 2020, assuming the role in the most challenging of circumstances.

“He became chairman at the onset of the Covid pandemic and went on to oversee Rangers winning its 55th Scottish League title; reach a major European final for only the fifth time in the club’s 150-year history; and lift the Scottish Cup for the first time in over a decade. Douglas also led significant investments in the infrastructure at both Ibrox and Auchenhowie.”

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