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Rangers FC confirm take over talks

Mon 8th Mar 2010 | Clubs Ownership

The board at Rangers Football Clubs has today released a statement via their website confirming it has entered talks regarding a take over of the club.

In the statement, the board of Rangers Football Club plc ("RFC") confirms that it has been advised by Murray International Holdings Limited ("MIH") that MIH has entered into discussions with certain interested parties, including Andrew Ellis, about the interests of MIH in RFC that may lead to an offer or offers for the entire issued share capital of the Club.

The board of RFC understands that discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that any offer will be made for the issued shares of RFC. RFC has been in an offer period since its announcement of 26 October 2009.

In order to ensure the complete independence of the assessment of the merits for RFC of any possible offer, the board of RFC has set up an independent committee of the board (the "Independent Directors") comprising the Chairman Alastair Johnston, John McClelland, Martin Bain, Donald McIntyre and John Greig to consider the full implications of any future offer for RFC.

The Independent Directors will ensure that any possible offer for RFC is assessed on the merits for RFC, its shareholders and all other stakeholders in RFC including supporters.

It is particularly important to the Independent Directors that any possible offeror is able to demonstrate the capacity and commitment to provide a stable and sustainable future for RFC and the Independent Directors will want to understand fully the plans of any potential offeror in order to recommend the action that shareholders should take.

The Independent Directors exclude Mike McGill and Donald Muir who are connected to MIH, and so have a potential conflict of interest, and Dave King and Paul Murray about whose intentions there has been past speculation that could lead to a perception of a possible conflict of interest.

The board will keep all shareholders informed of further developments.

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