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Liquidation 'inevitable' for Rangers

Rangers director Dave King believes it is "inevitable" the club will plunge into liquidation.

South Africa-based King, the only survivor from the Sir David Murray era on the board, also announced his intention to sue the former Rangers owner and criticised current Ibrox chief Craig Whyte after the Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions entered administration last month.

In a 1200-word statement, King said: "I do not believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the company can come out of administration. I believe that liquidation is inevitable."

King met with Rangers manager Ally McCoist and administrators Duff and Phelps on February 22, eight days after the club formally entered administration.

The Glasgow-born businessman felt now was an appropriate time to comment on events at Ibrox "having had the opportunity to visit key stakeholders and to properly consider the information now available to me".

King anticipates there will be wholesale changes and "we must all strive to ensure that an appropriate ownership structure guarantees that this event is never repeated".

He said: "It grieves me to state that it seems inevitable that the footballing institution will survive but the company won't.

"This will entail many hurdles (that will be overcome) including 'Rangers (2012) Ltd' having to reapply for membership of the SFA (Scottish Football Association) etc.

"It is a sad point to have reached, but if managed sensibly, it can result in Rangers returning to its former glory as a football club in the shortest time possible.

"We must all strive to ensure that an appropriate ownership structure guarantees that this event is never repeated.

"We must remember that our footballing friends across the city came very close to the point that we now find ourselves in.

"Scottish football needs a strong Rangers and Celtic - but perhaps in a slightly humbler form."

King announced his intention to take legal action against Murray.

King added: "I seem to be one of the few people who actually invested cash into the club. I have made a claim of £20 million on the basis of non-disclosure by the then chairman, David Murray, of Rangers' true financial position as far back as 2000.

"Other shareholders may feel deceived like I do and wish to take similar action. (David Murray will no doubt argue to the contrary and the merits of this will be dealt with in due course in the appropriate forum.)"

Murray and Murray International Holdings Limited were aware of King's comments but a response was not immediately available.

King insisted any monies recouped would be invested into the club.

He said: "Any benefit I receive from my claim will be fully reinvested into the restructured football club. I remain 100% committed to the Rangers football club and will do whatever I can to advance its interests."

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