In an interview with Herald and Times Sport, Rangers shareholder Stuart Gibson has said he will look to bring in additional investment and sponsorship to the club using his contacts in the Far East.

Gibson, who is co-founder and co-CEO of ESR, a Hong Kong-based property development group, secured an 8.27% stake in Rangers in early October.

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Stuart Gibson recently became Rangers’ fourth-largest shareholder. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s already invested £5 million into the club but he hasn’t ruled out stumping up more cash in the future and wants to use his considerable contacts to help the Gers tap into Asian markets.

“I would like to think I can help,” Gibson told Herald and Times Sport. “When you look at the Premier League matches and you look at the hoardings all around the pitch, whether it is Man City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, there is a lot of Chinese advertising and Chinese money in the Premier League.”

“Rangers are as big a club as any of these guys, certainly when it comes to filling stadiums at the very least. I think they are a highly undervalued club in that regard, and I think some Chinese sponsors would get that undervalued status of the club.

“I will make it a point to try and reach out to some Chinese or Asian money that might have an interest in football. That is probably what I can offer, to be honest, and maybe introduce them to new investors and sponsors.”

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The successful businessman is set to try to sell Rangers to potential investors from Asia. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rangers shareholder Stuart Gibson makes exciting comments about potential Far East investment – Verdict

Ever since the appointment of James Bisgrove as director of commercial and marketing in early 2019, Rangers have made a big push to tap into new markets.

Formal partnerships with Orange County SC and Bengaluru FC were struck with a view to furthering the brand and opening up revenue streams in the United States and in India.

Now, with Gibson on board, direct investment from the Far East looks a real possibility.

These are currently exciting times for Rangers on the pitch and comments like these from a major shareholder will increase confidence amongst the support that the money men at Ibrox are intent on driving the club forward rather than resting on their laurels.

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