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Loyal fans won't allow Rangers to die, says Ian Black

By Andy Newport

Ian Black has backed the Rangers support to rally to the cause if the off-field turmoil at Ibrox takes another turn for the worse.

The club's board called an emergency share issue earlier this month as they sought to plug a £4m black-hole in their budget.

They fell £900,000 of their target and will now be forced to turn to investors again before the year is out.

Chief executive Graham Wallace met with Ally McCoist, his players and members of the backroom staff on Friday to reassure them that the club was not in imminent danger, but that has done little to placate angry supporters, who have already called for football board chairman Sandy Easdale to be sacked.

Around 15,000 of the club's followers have also refused to renew their season tickets in protest at the way the club is being run.

Even so, Black believes the Ibrox faithful will not allow the club to be put in danger again.

The former Hearts midfielder – who had to take up a part-time job as a painter and decorator during Vladimir Romanov's chaotic spell as Jambos owner – said: "These off-field matters can be distracting if it goes too far and gets to the situation when you don't get paid.

"That's when it certainly affects you, but it's not going to get to that stage. It's too big a club. The fans have stood by us through thick and thin. They won't let us go into that situation.

"The board have told us as it stands it is going to be fine."

Meanwhile, Black has urged his team-mates to shake off Saturday's sloppy display against Alloa.

Rangers could only draw 1-1 with the part-times at the Indodrill Stadium, but now travel to Falkirk tonight looking to claim a League Cup quarter-final slot.

Black said: "We know where we can improve. We're ready to go again and the gaffer's got us sorted."

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