Ibrox naming rights already sold, says Rangers chief executive Charles Green
Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green has already sold the naming rights to Ibrox, club director Sandy Easdale has told the Daily Record.
Easdale claims Green struck a deal with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who is listed on the Rangers plc website as owning 4.56 percent of shares.
He would not reveal how much the deal was worth for confidentiality reasons. But the newspaper reported the deal was struck for one pound with Rangers then spending 250,000 pounds on legal fees in a failed bid to get the contract torn up.
Easdale said: "Let's clear this up, the Sports Direct Arena. Charles Green had already done a deal with Mike on that. Sports Direct haven't taken it up as yet. Mike Ashley could call it the Sport Direct Arena tomorrow.''
Green revealed in an interview with STV in March 2013 that he was close to agreeing a deal with Sports Direct but he left his role as chief executive six weeks later and no agreement was ever announced.
Ashley has been asked to back a four million pounds share issue that was announced last week but his ownership of Newcastle is creating a problem.
And Easdale believes his extra involvement would be beneficial to the club as they bid to stave off a cash crisis.
Easdale said: "I'm pro Mike Ashley to the extent he is probably the guy who can help us at this moment in time.
"His plan was to increase his shareholding but he's come across a stumbling block with the SFA. It's up to him now to sort that out. But if he was allowed to increase his shareholding then who wouldn't want a billionaire investing in their club?''
Bus firm owner Easdale said he was not opposed to working with former oldco Rangers director Dave King, who claims to be willing to invest 30 million pounds in the club under the right conditions, but claimed that the South Africa-based businessman had never made them an offer.