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Rangers suspend Mike Ashley allies and Sandy Easdale

Rangers have suspended Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale "pending an investigation".

Chief executive Llambias and finance director Leach are both close associates of shareholder and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and were both voted off the board on Friday. Easdale is chairman of the football board at Ibrox but was never on the plc board.

Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan were all voted on to the board on Friday, although the former is awaiting fit-and-proper clearance from the stock exchange and football authorities.

A club statement read: "Rangers Football Club announce today that Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale have been suspended from their duties pending an investigation.

"It is also noted that Mr Llambias and Mr Leach, along with Sandy Easdale, have been advised that a resolution to remove them as directors of the company has been received by the company."

In response to Rangers' announcement, Easdale's spokesman Jack Irvine issued a statement which read: "We are surprised at the announcement as you cannot suspend a director under the law of Scotland.

"We also note that they talk about an investigation. Sandy Easdale welcomes that as he has absolutely nothing to fear."

As well as the appointment of Andrew Dickson as a director, the club also confirmed two other additions to the new board.

Rangers Supporters Trust spokesman Chris Graham, 38, was welcomed along with John Bennett, the 51-year-old director of European Equities at Henderson Global Investors.

James Blair has also been named company secretary. Blair is a member of Rangers First.

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