Rangers morning news: Board hits out at Murray, Green caught bragging

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Also, McCoist on Ayr, Ferguson 'tearing his hair out' and a pay cut for the manager.

The news at the moment still seems to be dominated about events occurring off the field at Rangers with the club's board releasing a statement on its website regarding the comments from former chairman Malcolm Murray.

The board has claimed in the statement that Murray proposed Craig Mather to the board, agreed Brian Stockbridge and Charles Green’s salaries and bonuses and negotiated and signed off Green’s compromise agreement amongst other things.

The Daily Record has reported that former Chief Executive Charles Green was caught bragging to a French newspaper about a £335,000 chateau he bought with part of his bonus from Ibrox. In the same paper, former captain Barry Ferguson says the bonus culture is bleeding his old club dry and that he is ‘tearing his hair out’ over the current situation.

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Ferguson said: ‘Unless I’m losing the plot I’m sure financial director Brian Stockbridge was trying to talk up the fact the club had lost £14m in a year. Stockbridge is also the guy who received a £200,000 bonus for Ally McCoist and his players winning last year’s Third Division.

‘Can someone please explain why the guy in charge of finance is getting bonuses for winning titles?’

In the background, manager Ally McCoist will take a pay cut of around 50% according to the Daily Mail, to just over £400,000 a year.

To on the field matters now, and Ally McCoist is taking nothing for granted when his side faces Ayr United this weekend, despite the Gers 100% start to their league campaign.

McCoist said: ‘I would imagine the atmosphere and the opposition will be exactly the same in terms of the intensity and their desire to do well against Rangers. That will be the same at every away ground we go to. Ayr on Sunday will be no different so it will be a tough, tough game and mentally and physically we will have to be spot on to get the points.’

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