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Leading officials exit Rangers

Fri 24th Feb 2012 | Football Club Management

Rangers’ entry into administration has claimed its first major victims with chief operating officer Ali Russell and director of football Gordon Smith both agreeing to leave the club.

The Scottish Premier League (SPL) champion entered administration last week after failing to pay off a multi-million pound tax and VAT bill to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Rangers’ administrators Duff and Phelps have since been seeking to cut costs at the Glasgow giant and Russell and Smith’s exits are amongst the first set of redundancies. However, both men will remain with Rangers until the end of the month at the request of the administrators.

“Administrators met Ali and Gordon and during the meetings they expressed their deep disappointment regarding the position in which the club has been placed,” said Rangers’ joint administrator Paul Clark. “There is nothing to suggest that either of them did anything but strive to act in the best interests of Rangers Football Club during their terms of office.”

Smith, a former player at Ibrox, has taken a swipe at Rangers owner Craig Whyte’s regime stating he believes his position has been “undermined by association.” He added: “I would make the point that I was very frustrated in my job as I was unable to fulfil the job specification which was originally outlined for me. This was to control the major aspects of the football department outwith the first team operations. These were to include recruitment, scouting, transfer negotiations and youth development. I wasn’t in control of any of these activities despite constantly making it clear to Craig Whyte that this was to be my remit. I outlined my medium to long term strategies for the club on numerous occasions to no avail. There’s no point in being a director of football unless you can control these areas, so, in that respect I’m totally comfortable with being made redundant at this time.”

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