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Dave King: I'm the man to get ailing Rangers back on track

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers shareholder Dave King insists a South African tax controversy will not scupper his attempt to wrestle power from the Ibrox board.

The former Rangers oldco director - who has called a general meeting to force out the four directors - was forced to pay the South African Revenue Services £44million last year after admitting 41 tax offences.

However, it has been reported that he could end up in further trouble after the South African government reopened a number of cases after uncovering a spying scandal.

The Castlemilk-born millionaire, however, insists his case is closed and he is free to conduct business with Rangers.

It is understood that he is confident he will be free to join the plc board of Rangers after receiving a letter from SARS chiefs which declares he is not disqualified from serving as a company director.

And King insists he is now ready to commit to the fight for control at Rangers.

He said in a statement: "I am named as one of the business people who was spied on by the South African Revenue Services unit.

"If SARS obtained information unlawfully then I could apply to have my settlement set aside. According to my advice that is the correct legal position.

"My business interests have performed very strongly post-settlement. I am also able to enjoy my role as executive chairman of a public company without the integrity issues that previously dogged me.

"I also now have sufficient time and resources to invest in getting Rangers back on track."

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