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Alex Rae: Rangers revolution will take time

By Andy Newport

Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae insists Dave King's Ibrox revolution will be no quick fix.

King claims he is on the verge of ascending to the Gers throne after chasing chairman David Somers and James Easdale out of the club.

Remaining board members Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are clinging on to their roles but King insists he will be crowned the club's new chairman one way or another by the time of Friday's general meeting.

However, ex-Ibrox favourite Rae insists the former oldco director - who also plans to appoint Paul Murray and John Gilligan to a new-look board - will soon discover the hard work has yet to begin.

Boss Ally McCoist has been put on gardening leave, leaving caretaker Kenny McDowall to take over a side limping 24 points behind Championship leaders Hearts.

Finding a new manager will be top of King's list of priorities but Rae - an SPL winner with former boss Alex McLeish in 2005 - insists the Castlemilk-born millionaire must also rebuild the club's barren youth system and finally hire a scouting department if Rangers are to make a meaningful return to the top flight.

Rae, now working as assistant manager to McLeish at Belgian outfit Genk, told Press Association Sport: "The picture may seem simpler to some people now that King is in charge but it won't be a quick fix, on the park or off it.

"If you don't have a recruitment department and organisation, then you can't bring in the players you need to challenge Celtic.

"That will all have to be built back up again so there is a lot of work to be done.

"You don't just build up a network of scouts and a list of potential targets overnight. It will take time to identify the right people."

Crowds at Ibrox have dwindled drastically over the last six months as fed-up supporters voted with their feet.

But Rae expects to see the club's historic home packed to the rafters when the team run out for the first time under King's leadership.

"To a man I think the whole Rangers support will get behind Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan," said the former Millwall and Sunderland battler.

"The next few months will be a really important time for the club. It's been rudderless for the last four years.

"No one has known what has been going on and a hell of a lot of money has disappeared out the club.

"But this is a fresh opportunity for this board to come in and start the rebuilding job. And I don't doubt there will be a really big support - if not a sell-out - next Tuesday against Queen of the South.

"This could be the start of something really good. We have already seen the fan base come together and the work of groups like Rangers First and the Rangers Supporters Trust has been incredible."

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