Legend Leaves Rangers Again
5th July 2013
Walter Smith has resigned his post as Rangers chairman following a period of bitter infighting at Ibrox.
The former manager, 65, has only been in the non-executive position since May, when he replaced Malcolm Murray.
Smith lifted 21 major trophies over two periods in the Rangers dugout before handing over to Ally McCoist in 2011.
Rangers chief executive Craig Mather said he was "saddened" by Smith's departure, adding that he "fully understands the concerns of fans".
Commenting on Smith's resignation, Mather added:
"Walter has his own reasons for this decision but exactly when he discloses them to everyone is up to him.
"I am certain the last thing he would want to do is damage the club more than is necessary. After all, he returned to Ibrox to help rebuild the club, not to disrupt that process.
"However, I have to accept his decision and respect it. But even though he has stepped down he has made it clear that if I feel the need I can call him at any time"
The Scottish League One club released a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, simply stating:
"Rangers announces that Walter Smith has today resigned from his position as chairman and a director of the company with immediate effect."
His resignation comes after McCoist reacted angrily to remarks made by former chief executive Charles Green, who has returned to the club as a paid consultant.
Green was quoted in a national newspaper saying that McCoist's position might not be safe even if he delivered the League One title - he also reiterated his claim that the current Rangers squad is the worst in the club's history.
McCoist described Green's behaviour as appalling and insisted the man, who stepped down back in April, was an embarrassment to the club.
More News From Ibrox
7th July 2013
Rangers chief executive Craig Mather has resigned from his post with immediate effect.
In a statement to the stock exchange, the club also announced the resignation of non-executive director Bryan Smart.
Mather replaced Charles Green as chief executive earlier this year, having invested in the club in 2012.
"The interests of the club are of paramount importance and I believe these are best served by me leaving the club," Mather told the Rangers website.
"I have enjoyed a very constructive relationship with Ally McCoist and wish him and the team every success.
"I leave with my head held high and will remain as a shareholder and a supporter of Ally and his team.
"I consider it to have been my privilege and I am certain that once the board is settled Rangers will be restored to the top of Scottish football.
"I wish Rangers and the fans every success in the weeks, months and years ahead. I will continue to follow the club's fortunes and support the team which is playing an exciting style of football. In fact, I hope to return to Ibrox and take in as many matches as my time will allow."
McCoist Steps Down
9th July 2013
Ally McCoist has today rocked the Ibrox club even more by announcing his resignation as manager of Rangers, after weeks of turmoil which has seen Walter Smith resign as Chairman, Craig Mather resign as Chief Executive.
McCoist released a statement to reveal why he decided it was time to leave.
I really felt like leaving the same day i found out that Walter had left, i just didnt know how the club was going to go forward without him controlling things, he really is a great guy. I decided to try wait it out and see what happend within the month but then Craig left and it there was pretty much to uncertainty left for me to remain in charge.
I still remain fully loyal to Rangers and wish the new manager and the team all the best in the future, ill be in the stands come game time supporting them like i have done all my life but thats as far as my connection goes from now on