Rangers chairman Dave King officially stepped down from his role at Ibrox this week as the South African-based businessman retreats from the Glasgow spotlight.
King’s takeover alongside the famous 3 Bears group back in 2015 initiated a change at Ibrox which revolutionised Rangers and saved the club from being decimated by vulture-like investors.
A man with the club’s greatest interests at heart always, King passes the mantle onto another staunch bluenose in Douglas Park, at least for the time being.
King made the announcement that he was going to leave Ibrox way back in November and followed through on the promise by leaving March.
Back then King revealed that he’d still be involved as a shareholder and remained committed to working closely with Rangers to expunge the demons of Sports Direct and Mike Ashley.
For many the gravity of what King and his fellow investors achieved at Rangers during a time of boardroom struggles and potential asset stripping cannot be understated.
For others, Dave King is a living Ibrox legend whose leadership and determination rescued the club from the hands of grubby investors and steered the ship back on course.
As fans welcome new interim chairman Douglas Park into the role, they have not forgotten the job done by King over the last four or so years.
Many supporters took to Twitter to thank Dave King as he steps back from his Rangers reign:
Dave King departs Rangers as a legendary figure, he galvanised like minded investors, he led the outsmarting of Ashley to take control, & led the return to normality in the face of a country & media willing him to fail.
Fit and proper beyond doubt, I will forever be grateful
— Ahcumfaegovan (@bobmcphail) March 28, 2020
👏🏻 Thank you Dave King for your service to The Rangers Football Club, your loyalty and sacrifice will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/xUxl1y2IBN
— Michael Seafarer (@SeafarerMichael) March 27, 2020
Today, the Greatest Ever Ranger stepped down as Chairman.
Dave King is a Rangers Legend, he saved our club and will be immortalised in the club’s history.
Thank you Mr King. pic.twitter.com/82vlBnwpqO
— Curtis (@1872Curtis) March 27, 2020
So confirmation, as was stated at the AGM that Dave King has now stood down as club chairman.
King will still be involved in the fights with certain retail issues, but all fans of RFC owe the man huge thanks.
Make no mistake, Dave King and T3Bears saved Rangers Football Club. https://t.co/OKa7xvheFT
— EstConsultancy (@EstConsultancy) March 27, 2020
For me, Dave King handled his role as chairman over the last five years with great dignity.
I remember meeting John Greig in 2014 – when we were a shambles – and asking him who he trusted with our club. He said, ‘Only one man, Dave King,’ which was good enough for me 👏🏻👏🏻
— Jeff Holmes (@JeffH1960) March 27, 2020
A thread to say THANK YOU to Rangers Chairman Dave King! pic.twitter.com/QbkYQgFesp
— ℛangers ℛadio (@RangersRadioRFC) March 28, 2020
Dave King . Not without faults but I’d like to go on record saying ‘Thank You’. If it wasn’t for him god knows where we would be right now. Put his money where his mouth is. Fair Play. 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/7FXGvQU2PL
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) March 27, 2020
Thanks for everything Dave King! 👏
You done exactly what you promised! pic.twitter.com/31IYNWjuZr
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) March 27, 2020
Cheers for everything Dave King 👏🏻👏🏻
You came and done what you said you would do 👍🏻😀👀 pic.twitter.com/aaR8lKtSgS
— Nicky Taylor 🇬🇧🏴💙⚽️ (@nickyt3232) March 27, 2020
You came in and took us out of one of our darkest situations,you have made us a better club and more stable than we have been in years,we will be forever grateful for what you have done for us,thank you legend Dave king💙 pic.twitter.com/IyrbwCScjS
— kyle🇬🇧 (@kylerfc11) March 27, 2020
In 2015 we were at the mercy of Mike Ashley. Thank god for Dave King and the 3 Bears. 👏
— The Railway Bears 🚂🐻💙 (@TheRailwayBears) March 27, 2020