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MIKE ASHLEY'S court victory over Rangers brought some angry Bears on to the Hotline.

A legal judgment that deemed the Light Blues could owe Ashley's millions of pounds because of a botched deal over merchandising rights also had some fans of their rivals cock-a-hoop.

First up was Andrew Lamb, Fraserburgh, who said: "Just when real progress was being made at Ibrox the farcical off-field court battles with Ashley explodes in their face. Rangers will now possibly have to pay millions to Ashley. The Light Blues' legal advisers look completely inept."

Ian Semple, Ayr, said: "What have the Rangers board done to the club? I do fear the worst for Rangers if the bill to Ashley runs into the millions.

"This is the kind of thing that could put administration or dare I say it a second liquidation back on our radar. I couldn't cope if Rangers were to put their supporters through all that agony again."

Ian Campbell, Perth, said: "What is going on at Rangers? It's time Dave King told the supporters the truth and stopped flannelling.

"Is the club in danger of entering into a second administration because of what happened in court with Ashley? The Rangers fans deserve better. There are a lot of angry and confused Bears out there and we demand answers now."

Eddie Easson, Ballingry, Fife, said: "I read my Record with great interest. On the front page it states that Rangers are about to be hit for millions by Ashley.

"Conversely on the back pages managing director Stewart Robertson insists the club are still going to spend, spend, spend. Conflicting messages or what?" Mick Docherty, Kirkintilloch, said: "Rangers appear to be in financial dire straits due to the merchandising contracts the board have signed.

"Yet Robertson is still promising Steven Gerrard funds for players. It is well and truly bizarre."

Hoops fan John Henderson, Wishaw, was rather to the point when he said: "Is it 'jelly-and-icecream' time yet for the Celtic supporters?" Dunky Robertson, London, said: "Rangers can't wriggle off the hook this time. They certainly can't claim it's the old club who owe Ashley millions."

Meanwhile Gordon Hendry, Ochiltree, said: "As a Rangers fan I'm very sorry to see Daniel Candeias leave the club as he's a much better option than Jordan Jones or Jake Hastie. They are no more than squad players although Jones may prove me wrong."

Paddy Gowans emailed: "Gerrard believes Rangers will make a genuine title challenge this season. If that is the case then Rangers will have to lay down an early marker by winning the first Glasgow derby on August 31. Anything less and they can kiss goodbye to stopping nine in a row."

On to Celtic now and John Davidson, Armadale, said: "Now that Arsenal have pulled the plug on the deal for Kieran Tierney it looks like he will be at paradise for 10 in a row - 10 months on the sidelines. There's also an empty biscuit tin along with the empty promises of new signings for Celtic."

Frank McFerran, Carrickfergus, NI, said: "As a Rangers fan, I wish Leigh Griffiths all the best in his fight against mental illness. I'm sure he and his family have had a tough time recently and it is not nice to see anybody struggle."

Stephen Mulhern, Dumbarton, said: "Lille have been linked with a PS5m move for Jozo Simunovic. Celtic should jump at any offer. He's clumsy, erratic and picks up too many unnecessary bookings."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 24, 2019
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