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Dave King is the right man to rule Rangers, insists Andy Goram

By Andy Newport

Andy Goram has pleaded with the Scottish FA not to block Dave King's Rangers revolution.

The nine-in-a-row goalkeeper insists King is the "perfect" man to lead the Light Blues back to their former glories, but he believes Hampden chiefs could put the entire Scottish game at risk if they ban Johannesburg-based King from taking up the reins.

The Castlemilk-born millionaire has already forced chairman David Somers and director James Easdale to accept defeat and resign in the face of mounting shareholder opposition. The club's remaining board members - Mike Ashley's placemen Derek Llambias and Barry Leach - face being ousted at a general meeting this Friday.

However, King has yet to convince the SFA he is a "fit and proper" person to run the club.

He will have to explain why he was forced to hand the South African Revenue Services a cheque for £44m in 2013 in a bid to stave off a tax investigation.

SARS claimed King owned £149m, but he was spared jail after accepting liability for 41 lesser charges in relation to income tax laws.

The ex-oldco director will also have to detail his boardroom role in the weeks leading up to the club's 2012 liquidation disaster.

Former Scotland number one Goram said: "For the good of Rangers and Scottish football in general, the SFA need to give Dave King the green light.

"It would be damaging if they stood in his way because it would mean the present board would still be there and we've seen what they have done.

"He has already said he is confident of passing the fit and proper test. There is investment there from King and the likes of Douglas Park, they are willing to put their money forward.

"Yet it is all loan deals from Mike Ashley. Under him, the club is just going back into debt. With King, you don't have that problem, so it must be the right way forward.

"We need Rangers back up in the top flight as soon as possible, but in the right way. We obviously can't fast-track them back to the Premiership, but if Dave King comes in and gives the manager money to spend, then it can only be good for the Scottish game. You will have a strong Rangers and a strong Celtic - it will be perfect."

Somers quit yesterday, but Goram is worried Ashley - who still holds security on many of the club's major assets, including Murray Park, after handing over a £10m loan -­ will continue to play a part in the Gers' future.

He said: "Dave King is supremely confident that he will win Friday's vote, so it didn't surprise me to see Somers walk, but it doesn't seem like there is much point of the EGM going ahead if there is only going to be two directors left.

"They should resign now and let King get on with it."

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