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I'M SORRY FOR NEW CLUB CALL; Livi chief's olive branch to Gers fans Livi chief says sorry to furious Gers fans.

Byline: CRAIG SWAN

LIVINGSTON chief Gordon McDougall last night apologised to Rangers fans who bombarded his club with complaints after liquidation jibes in their programme.

LIVINGSTON chief Gordon McDougall last night apologised to Rangers fans who bombarded his club with complaints after liquidation jibes in their programme.

McDougall, left, responded after furious supporters demanded an explanation of Saturday's match magazine. The visitors page opened with the line: "This weekend three years ago, the club then known as Rangers defeated Hibernian at Ibrox."

In the player profiles, Steven Smith's section read: "Stevie enjoyed eight years with the now defunct club."

Kris Boyd's read: "Another who had a spell at the now defunct club."

in the previo" meetings section, it said: "It is, of course, the first meeting of the two sides since the newly-formed Turn to Page 47 Turn to Page 47 From Back Page Rangers. joined Division. Three but safe to say our record against the now-defunct outfit was not particularly strong."

A threat of a boycott by " raging Rangers fans prompted McDougall to issue a statement.

He said: "I can only offer my sincere apologies as there was no intention to offend anyone.

"As a true football fan who has paid my way through the turnstiles for countless years before entering the boardroom I fully understand the emotion involved.

"The thousands of fans Rangers brought to Livingston are greatly appreciated. Rangers are a wonderful addition to the Championship this year.

"We are fortunate to have a small but devoted group of people who produce our match programme.

"Those people spend hours of unpaid time preparing their copy and scoring points in print is not part of our club's agenda.

"I have spoken with the programme editor and can assure all fans there is absolutely no bigotry or sectarian issue or intention at Livingston. We welcome everyone with the same warmth and appreciation of their interest in football."

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Date:Oct 6, 2014
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