Alan Hutton says that Rangers chief Dave King has done a good job during a “difficult” time at Ibrox as he prepares to step down from his senior position.
The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits it has not been smooth sailing for the South African businessman, with a number of off-the-field issues to deal with which have impacted the club’s ability to progress as they would have liked.
King confirmed at the club’s annual general meeting that it would be his last in charge of the Light Blues, having been in charge at Ibrox since 2015.
However, with the Light Blues second in the Premiership, in the Scottish League Cup final and pushing for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, Hutton says King will be leaving the club in a better position than when he joined.
Hutton told Football Insider: “A lot’s gone on, that’s the thing. I can imagine the pressure he’s been under on a day-to-day basis, especially with like the sponsorship deals and these sort of things.
“He’s got a lot of business down in South Africa, maybe he’s felt it’s just time to step out the limelight a little bit and concentrate on his other businesses. It’s been a difficult period for Rangers.
“No matter who came in it was going to be difficult. There was a lot of ongoings in the background that not everybody is privvy to and I think there was a lot weighing on him trying to correct things. Has he done a good job, are Rangers in a better position? Yes, they are.
“That’s all you can look at, they’re in a better place, possibly qualifying for the next round of the Europa League, they’re in the final, they’re in a better place. Overall he has done a good job.”
King told shareholders that they and the club can be “satisfied” with where they stand today, despite losses of over £25million across the last two years in charge.
He went on to mention the “major negative” of the legal battle with Sports Direct and Mike Ashley which is rumbling on behind the scenes, as well as heralding the investment made to help the club return to battling at the top of Scottish football.
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