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Dave King to rule at Rangers after landslide victory

By Andy Newport

Dave King claims he is on the verge of taking control of Rangers after Ibrox chief executive Derek Llambias admitted he had secured a "landslide victory".

The former oldco director has already chased off chairman David Somers and director James Easdale after calling a general meeting to rout the Ibrox board.

But in a statement, the South Africa-based business man claims remaining directors Llambias and Barry Leach have also waved the white flag.

However, King says the remaining duo - both long-term asssociates of Newcastle United owner and Gers investor Mike Ashley - have both "stubbornly" refused to resign ahead of Friday's shareholder vote at Ibrox.

It is believed both men have demanded their year's notice period is paid up in full before they walk.

The meeting will now have to go ahead, costing the cash-strapped Light Blues around £80,000.

King, who will now take over the running of the crisis-hit Glasgow giants alongside former Blue Knight and ex-Glasgow brewery boss John Gilligan, said in a statement: "All the Rangers directors that are subject to my requisition have now accepted that my resolutions have been successful and there is now no need for the general meeting to proceed.

"Mr Llambias put it best by advising me that I had achieved a 'landslide' victory. I wish to thank all shareholders, and particularly the fans, for this resounding success. The future now looks more recognisable for stakeholders.

"James Easdale and David Somers did the right thing by resigning however the two appointees of Mr Ashley have stubbornly refused to resign and are using their current position (as remaining directors) to withhold implementation of the resolutions for personal gain."

King added that he was focused on "re-establishing Rangers to the institution that its legacy demands."

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