Rangers say goodbye to Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley

In a letter to supporters, club chairman Dave King said he had immediately written to Sports Direct after the retailer dropped its attempt to impose a gagging order on Rangers preventing them from discussing its commercial agreements, reports CityAM.

King wrote: “For the first time a Board of this Club has stood up to the threats of Sports Direct and has achieved resounding success in court proceedings including the substantial recovery of legal costs.

“Sport’s Directs motives were severely exposed when a High Court Judge ruled that Sports Direct abused court processes in its attempt to bully the club and me.

“We will continue to put Rangers first and ensure that we get redress and compensation for the poor commercial and business practices that the Club has been forced to endure.”

Despite owning a nine per cent stake in the club, Ashley and Rangers have suffered a fractious relationship since the Newcastle United owner’s associates were ejected from the board by a King-led consortium.

Since then, Rangers shareholders have voted to renegotiate the terms of the deal which saw Sports Direct acquire control of Rangers Retail when the previous board was in control.

Shareholders argue it does not represent good value as the club makes just 4p from every £1 spent on merchandise.

However, the contract Rangers hold with Sports Direct is believed to include a seven-year notice period lasting until 2023.