Ibrox control setback for chairman Dave King
Rangers chairman Dave King could face a bill of up to ?12m after a ruling on how he took charge of the Ibrox club.
He could now be liable to buy all the shares in the holding company Rangers International Football Club, held by other shareholders - at 20p a share.
The Takeover Appeal Board (Tab) made the ruling after deciding he worked in "concert" with three others when he bought shares.
Mr King said he did not agree with the ruling or the share price.
The Tab ruling said Mr King, along with George Letham, George Taylor and Douglas Park, had acted as a "concert party" to acquire shares in the company, rather than acting as an individual.
It said he was therefore required to make an offer to buy all the shares in the holding company.
There are approximately 87 million RIFC shares, and Mr King and the three others own 33% of these, with the rest held by individual supporters and other investors.
Mr King, who led a successful boardroom takeover in 2015, said he would take time to reflect upon the ruling and consider the best course of action for himself, RIFC and its shareholders
In a statement on the Rangers Football Club website, he said: "I am only one of a vast number of Rangers supporters and shareholders who fought to rescue our club.
"The Rangers Football Club should never have become caught up in a takeover struggle.
"Those who placed it in that position bear a heavy responsibility."
He added: "I do not believe that there is any substantial group of RIFC shareholders that would be willing to sell its shares in RIFC at the price at which the Tab has determined I should make an offer.
"20p is not a price that I personally believe represents a fair price for RIFC's shares, nor is it the price at which shares in RIFC are currently trading."
He said that even if he proceeded with an offer, it would be rejected by an "overwhelming majority of RIFC's shareholders".
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