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Volume 6 No. 217


The battle for control of the Ibrox boardroom has taken a new twist after Scottish League 1 Rangers CEO Craig Mather "hired PR guru Jack Irvine to launch a fightback against the investors seeking to oust him" -- just a week after the club released a statement claiming Irvine did not speak for them, according to the SCOTSMAN. The Media House spokesperson "has signed a one-year agreement with Mather." He has been brought in to fight off attempts by Clyde Blowers Chair Jim McColl to have Mather, Brian Stockbridge and Bryan Smart "removed from the board." Billonaire businessman McColl "wants to replace them with former Blue Knight Paul Murray and ex-PricewaterhouseCoopers accountancy expert Frank Blin." A club insider said that Irvine "is prepared to 'go to war' with McColl’s faction." In a statement Irvine -- who already represents club investors Sandy and James Easdale -- "warned McColl and his partners that he would expose their 'reprehensible behaviour' of the past few weeks." Irvine said, "The board felt that they were not successfully articulating their defence against the vicious and at times underhand attacks of Jim McColl, Frank Blin and Paul Murray" (SCOTSMAN, 8/25).