Simon Jordan has brought Mike Ashley’s name back to the fore for Rangers fans after the former Crystal Palace owner said he didn’t think the Newcastle owner was likely to return to Ibrox when he finally sells the Magpies.
Ashley’s name continues to linger around the Gers but the billionaire retail tycoon is almost certain to walk away from football when his involvement with the St. James’ Park side ends.
Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Jordan said: “Who’s to say there would be any less toxicity towards him at Rangers?
“I can’t see…I think Mike Ashley has no reason to be involved in sport anymore.”
Ashley was far from a popular figure at Ibrox when he held a nine per cent shareholding in the Ibrox giants as well as taking control of the Gers retail operations.
Few Gers fans would welcome a return to Ibrox by Ashley – or any of his associates – and there doesn’t seem to be anything to claims that he could return once he sells up at Ibrox.
If anything could be taken from his spells at Ibrox and St. James’ it was that Ashley isn’t going to get involved in something that he doesn’t ultimately benefit from and given the position the Gers find themselves in now, it’s unlikely he would want to come and throw tens of millions of pounds at the Light Blues just to get them on an even keel.
While he’s not the most predictable guy in the world – and could just as easily make this look foolish by investing in the Gers again – it looks as though Ashley’s involvement at board level at Ibrox is completely over and isn’t likely to be revisited any time soon.