Former Rangers chairman Dave King is certain the Ibrox club will be absolved of any wrongdoing amid accusations the club conspired to fix prices of the club’s kit.
News broke this week that the Competitions and Markets Authority are accusing the Ibrox club, elite sports and JD Sport of fixing retail prices for official merchandise.
The allegations relate to the prices of home kit between September and November 2018 where the Gers are said to have engaged in “cartel behaviour” by fixing the price of the jersey between different stockists.
Rangers released a statement on the matter claiming they will co-operate fully with the wishes of the CMA, reiterating that there has been no ultimate finding of wrongdoing at the club [Rangers].
Dave King insists no CMA wrongdoing at Rangers
Dave King, who was operating as the club’s chairman in this period, claims that he is “100% certain” the Ibrox club will not be in the wrong when the investigation is concluded.
This is because King himself kept such a close watch over retail contracts due to the depth of issues when his regime took charge that it would be nigh on impossible for marketing director Stewart Robertson or anyone else to enter into such an arrangement.
Speaking to the Herald, the comments come as a boost after the press leapt on the heavily-publicised story.
“I am 100 per cent certain that the Club was not complicit,” said King.
“I was absolutely not aware and, due to the club’s prior embarrassments with retail, James Blair and I kept such a tight control over all commercial contracts that I don’t believe it was possible for Stewart (Robertson), or any other executive at the club, to enter into such an arrangement without my knowledge.
“Absolutely not true to my knowledge. Based on the hardships that fans had endured I preferred to keep the prices as affordable as possible while still providing a profit for reinvestment into the squad to win 55.”
Both Elite and JD Sport are being investigated for the period September 2018 and July 2019 whilst accusations of Rangers’ involvement run between September and November 2018.
Fans who are sick and tired of negative coverage of the club’s retail operations will be delighted for these comments from Dave King as Rangers finally get on a progressive footing regarding retail agreements.
Rangers also recently announced that they had reached an out-of-court agreement with Sports Direct and Mike Ashley regarding the club’s merchandising.