Rangers

Alan Hutton claimed every Rangers fan will be “happy” with the job performed by Dave King after he stepped down as chairman.

The former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has heralded the businessman for the job he has done during his five years in charge of the club.

The Light Blues confirmed last week that King, who announced his intentions to leave his post back in November, had been replaced by interim appointment Douglas Park.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Park is expected to remain as the club’s permanent chairman when King’s successor is elected at the next board meeting.

Hutton insists that most, if not all, fans at Ibrox will be happy with the job the South African has done but admits his sudden exit has been a little bit of a shock.

Asked if he was surprised by King’s decision to step down now, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, a little bit. It’s the timing more than anything.

“I think he’s left the club in a far better situation than when he took over. Obviously it was struggling at the time when he first came in so to leave it in the place they’re in now, I think every Rangers fan would be happy.

“Attracting the likes of Steven Gerrard, getting them challenging for the league, in Europe challenging, everybody would be happy with how things have panned out.

“He’s a businessman, he’s got his own concerns probably within his own life so he’s looking after that. It’s a difficult time with this virus and there’s talk of people putting money into the club which is on hold but I think overall, I think every Rangers fan will be happy.”

King initially joined Rangers as a non-executive director back in 2000 but came to the fore in 2015 when he and three other businessmen – known as the Three Bears – wrestled control of the club back from Charles Green and Mike Ashley.

His first season in charge saw the Light Blues promoted from the Scottish Championship with two successive third-placed finishes followed by a second-placed finish last year.

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