Speaking on BBC Sportsound, former Rangers player Neil McCann has reacted to the news that Douglas Park has taken over from Dave King as Gers chairman.
The move was confirmed late on Friday evening via an official club statement [Rangers.co.uk], signalling the end of King’s five-year stint at the helm.
It’s a move that surprised controversial pundit Michael Stewart, and it seems McCann was somewhat taken aback too.
“It’s a punt because nobody knows what’s going to happen here – whether the title is going to played out, whether the European campaign is going to finish,” he said on BBC Sportsound. “This is an absolute punt from the heart.”
“Douglas has always seemed to me like someone who has a massive affinity with the club. Maybe he just sees that if he can get the club through this real difficult period, then he does see something on the horizon that’s very very good.
“It could be payback for him, I think there are still aspirations of going and clawing Celtic in. Trying to stop nine or most likely ten in a row and then suddenly he could be an absolute hero. You know, what a way to start off as Rangers chairman.”
“But this is an absolute punt – I mean there are not many guys out there who would be taking this business on right now or any business.”
It’s clear that McCann is surprised by the timing of this big boardroom shake-up at Ibrox, but that he has plenty of admiration for Park for taking on the role at such a difficult time.
It’s been widely acknowledged that all clubs will feel the pinch during a long period without regular income, and as chairman, Park will have plenty of challenges to negotiate.
However, given his long history with the club, he’ll already have a strong understanding of how things tick at Ibrox, and plenty of Bears have full confidence that he’ll do a fine job for however long his tenure lasts.