Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

With Green gone, Rangers can finally start to rebuild relationships

Charles Green arrived in a blaze of publicity last May as his consortium bought an ailing Glasgow Rangers, but last Friday his controversial spell as chief executive came to an abrupt end.

After the Craig Whyte fiasco Rangers fans just wanted someone who had their club's interest at heart, a man who would speak up for them but most importantly, the supporters needed a figure they could trust.

Initially Green (pictured) said and did all the right things and was great PR.

First, he got Rangers a licence so they could play football, albeit in the third division, he convinced supporters to buy season tickets in their masses and the share issue he instigated raised £22.5 million.

This gave the club the financial stability to move forward and many wonder where the club might have been if Green hadn't stepped up to the challenge.

He also brought back former manager Walter Smith as a non-executive director in an advisory role which was a smart and well-thought out move.

His spell in charge, though, wasn't without controversy and constant speculation that he collaborated with disgraced former owner Whyte in acquiring the club. There usually isn't smoke without fire so the upcoming investigations into their relationship will be intriguing.

I feel, overall, he hugely underestimated the standing of Rangers within Scottish and world football and his role as chief executive.

Dignity, class and being humble are traits that should be attributed to the chief executive of such a large company but the longer he was in the position the more he became a hindrance than a help.

He criticised manager Ally McCoist and his players publicly, he's had numerous confrontations with the footballing authorities and he himself is being investigated for using offensive and racist comments.

As the Charles Green era closes you can't help but think it's time for Rangers to rebuild relationships within the Scottish game and make the headlines for the right reasons.

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