Rangers legend makes Ibrox return claim after Dave King offer
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Rangers legend makes Ibrox return claim after Dave King offer

Rangers legend Graeme Souness has claimed he turned down the chance to return to Ibrox under Dave King and thinks he was only invited back into the fold to “relieve some of the pressure” on the South African-based businessman.

King led the club as chairman for several years after ousting the toxic Mike Ashley-backed regime with The Three Bears group and, according to Souness, approached the legendary ex-Gers boss about an unspecified role at the club.

Graeme Souness working for Sky Sports (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

While Souness turned down the role he admits he would only have come back if he’d had influence to change things rather than simply being there to deflect some of the attention away from the ex-pat chairman.


“This was before Steven Gerrard had been appointed as manager and at a time when things were not going great on or off the pitch,” Souness said [Daily Record].

“I thought about it because I love the football club. But I also thought to myself: ‘Why do they need me?’.

“And I reached the conclusion it was simply a matter of Dave King trying to relieve some of the pressure that was on him at the time.

“He is a realist and obviously a very intelligent man but at that time I didn’t feel I could help him other than by taking a bit of spotlight away from him and taking away a bit of the pressure. So I declined the offer.

“If I was going to take on a position like that then it had to be for the right reasons. I would have needed to feel as if I would have the influence to change the course of that period in the club’s history.”

Before King and co took charge, Souness was part of a consortium who had tried to buy Rangers in 2012 with Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy.

Despite not happening, Souness has become more visible in relation to Rangers over the last decade and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him eventually end up with some sort of role at Ibrox.

While that’s for the future, his comments on King don’t really paint a particularly positive picture of the former chairman.

Dave King is seen during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The suggestion that King merely wanted to use Souness isn’t really a great look for the ex-chairman and it’ll be interesting to see whether there is any sort of response from South Africa.

Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been explaining why one of the club’s attacking players has been dropped from a major Ibrox squad.


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