Former Rangers chairman Dave King has been back in the press this week airing an ambiguous dispute with Douglas Park and the Ibrox board in the press and now he has given his two cents on Chris Sutton.
The Gers have revoked the press rights of BT Sport pundit Sutty in a move which has been lamented by Rangers supporters but widely criticised outside of the club.
The issue surrounds what Rangers feel is unnecessary, unfair and false coverage of both the Ibrox club and the game in Scotland, ranging from needless digs to conspiracy theories.
Rangers – and clearly the fans – feel that the coverage Chris Sutton provides doesn’t warrant their assistance and as a result, BT Sport even covered the last round of Europa League fixtures from Celtic Park.
The entire thing has the European coverage of Rangers and Celtic at a stand-off and Dave King claims that Rangers need to grow thicker skin.
That’s despite high profile disputes with the likes of BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin and outspoken columnist Graeme Spiers during King’s time at Ibrox.
Dave King attacks Rangers board over Chris Sutton move
“The idea that the club can silence challenging supporters, reporters and regulatory authorities is not only wrong, it is completely unbecoming of Rangers,” said Dave King [Scottish Daily Mail].
“Rangers should be a leader in standing up for individual rights and opinions – even if they don’t agree with them.
“I have not been the beneficiary of kind comment from Chris Sutton but I would never even remotely consider the possibility of banishing him from our stadium and using untenable health and safety arguments as justification. We should be bigger than that.”
These comments come after ambiguous Dave King claims surrounding the leadership of Douglas Park and the directorship of son Graeme came out in the Daily Record.
Rangers fans were frustrated that King has run to the paper – against whom the Gers and prominent fan media have a dispute – with the move seemingly undermining the approach of Club 1872.
Some Rangers fans, frustrated with all the ambiguity, have urged the Ibrox shareholder to divulge more information about the dispute or stop causing friction in public:
Spoke about Dave King today & it wasn’t easy because he deserves much respect
However again, his continuing ‘voice’ is misplaced & not welcomed at this time
Interview with Record, continuing 1872 outspoken voice, siding with Sutton
So far removed from supports current feeling https://t.co/5QfkP2tLym
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) December 6, 2021
Quite interesting to see Dave King – the man who is mostly responsible for the current apathy in the fan movement at Rangers – now make himself out to be the biggest champion of it. Hoist by his own petard in his attempts to get his money back, it seems.
— Iain (@CemetryGates89) December 7, 2021
I think I know why Dave king is trying to promote club1872 , the legacy donations have gone from approx 1519 to 1195. The club1872 board r doing an incredibly poor job & more and more Rangers fans r seeing this. It always must b Rangers First (not deliberate) pic.twitter.com/OQPYxJvQhK
— ccc (@Obanlad1970) December 7, 2021
Dave King going to the DR again about Club1872 etc, not the greatest move tbf.
There is no chance Club1872 ever gets anywhere in its present state and under its current stewardship. None.
Bigger disconnect between fans and Club1872 than Rangers and Club1872 imo.
— Kirst (@kirsten93_) December 5, 2021
On Dave King
Can someone like Stuart Gibson not just buy his shares and allow DK to get back to his South African interests? As this dirty laundry in public is really not a look.
— BMC 🇳🇱🍊 (@BMCRangersRants) December 7, 2021
All of this comes at a time when Dave King is trying to encourage supporters to buy his shares via Club 1872 in a special legacy movement that would see the Rangers fan group retain boardroom influence.