Brown - Murray cancelled talks

Former Rangers man accuses chairman of cancelling meeting

Last Updated: July 2, 2012 5:29pm
John Brown: Has accused Murray of cancelling talks
John Brown: Has accused Murray of cancelling talks

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Ex-Rangers player John Brown claims Ibrox chairman Malcolm Murray pulled out of a planned meeting on Monday in which he had vowed to produce paperwork to show who owns the club's assets.
Murray had been due to meet Brown and former Rangers director Donald Findlay QC after the former player demanded to see documents proving the ownership of the club, stadium and training ground, but said the talks were cancelled at the last minute.
However, the Ibrox club insisted the meeting had been delayed and would take place later in the week.


A statement released by Brown said Murray had "cancelled a meeting at which he promised to produce the paperwork which would show who owns Rangers".
It went on: "The meeting at a secret location was called off at the last minute by Murray."
Brown, who won several titles with Rangers in the 1990s, added: "Rangers supporters know they can trust Donald Findlay and he agreed to meet Malcolm Murray and look at all the paperwork and give his legal opinion.
"Donald just wants to help Rangers supporters be able to get all the facts so they can make up their own minds whether or not they should buy season tickets. He told me he just wants to act in the best interest of Rangers fans.
"He just wants those supporters to know all the facts and it looked as though Malcolm Murray was going to produce the paperwork which shows who owns the club and its crown jewels. That is all we ask and it is what would give everyone clarity.
"But he then pulled out and cancelled the meeting."
Brown, who is leading an attempted fans' buyout, added: "Now we will try and get Malcolm Murray to the table again and give him another chance to show who owns Rangers and who owns Ibrox Stadium, The Albion car park and the Auchenhowie Training Complex. But after what has happened, I am not hopeful."
A spokesman for the club said: "The chairman had a number of meetings to attend today and the meeting with John Brown has been rescheduled, not cancelled."
Brown said on Monday afternoon that no new meeting had been confirmed.
The fans' favourite has spearheaded attempts to buy out the Sevco consortium fronted by Charles Green since a group led by Walter Smith failed with a bid.
Green's group bought the assets and business of Rangers for £5.5million last month when the club was consigned to liquidation by the failure of their offer to creditors.
Many supporters have cancelled their season tickets after accusing the regime of a lack of transparency and Brown has urged them not to renew until Cowdenbeath chairman Findlay sees the names on the title deeds.
Brown said: "Donald is acting for Rangers supporters purely on the basis of his legal knowledge."
An Ibrox source said Murray had been meeting Ally McCoist on Monday after the manager returned to work following his holiday.
Murray previously urged Brown, who quit his role as club scout to mount the fans' ownership bid, to unite with Sevco.
Murray said last week: "Anyone with Rangers' best interests at heart is welcome to invest or come and talk to us.
"Last year I attended the 50th anniversary of the London Rangers Supporters Club where John Brown was an excellent guest speaker.
"He has my number and, if he has investors, we welcome them and do not see why they have to be separate to our current long-term investors. All fans and potential investors should pull together in difficult times."
Sevco Scotland submitted membership application documents to the Scottish Football Association on Friday night and are awaiting decisions over which level of football they can relaunch Rangers next season.
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