Former Liverpool MD wanted by Rangers fans

Rangers FC

Christian Purslow has been linked with a board appointment at Ibrox

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has been voted the overwhelming front runner by Rangers fans to take over as Chief Executive at Ibrox, according to the Daily Record with 50% of the vote in their poll.

Purslow will be better known for his role at Liverpool, where he was appointed to negotiate the refinancing of Liverpool with the Royal Bank of Scotland – who effectively financed the takeover deal of Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2007. His more prominent role in banking was one of the main reasons for his appointment to the board at Anfield in the first place.

Shortly after the club was sold to current owners Fenway Sports Group after a High Court battle, Purslow departed.

You may have also seen him on Sky Sports News and heard him on BBC Radio 5Live for his opinions – especially during the transfer window.

Purslow once referred himself as the ‘Fernando Torres of football finance’ though that may not fill everybody at Ibrox with complete confidence if he were to get the role.

He also oversaw the unpopular sacking of Rafa Benitez at Anfield, and the even more unpopular appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager – and oversaw the deal which brought Joe Cole to Anfield. As you can tell now that wasn’t the best piece of business ever done.

Jim McColl – who along with Paul Murray is trying to get control of the board at Ibrox – is quoted in the Daily Record saying: ‘Christian is open to that and quite keen. But he first wants to see stability.’

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