Smith: Rangers fans will not have liked these comments from Dave King
By Harvey Byre
Former Rangers man Gordon Smith believes the Ibrox giants’ fan base will not have liked some of what chairman Dave King was saying during his interviews in midweek.
The 61-year-old businessman spoke out about a range of topics, including former manager Mark Warburton and the current gap between the Gers and fierce rivals Celtic.
Smith applauded the Rangers chief for his honesty in what he said, but he believes the Ibrox gan base will have been angered by some of what he said, specifically not wanting to relocate from South Africa as well as sharing that he believes the Gers should be behind Brendan Rodgers’ team.
“Credit to Dave King for one of the most open and up-front press conferences I can remember,” wrote Smith in his column for the Sunday Post.
“The Rangers chairman provided enough material for a week of headlines with his candid views on Mark Warburton, Joey Barton, the difficulties faced by Pedro Caixinha in catching Celtic, and his hopes of fixing up a new deal with Sports Direct.
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“Fans won’t have liked all of it.
“The comment that the team should probably be about 12 points behind Celtic just now and 12 ahead of Aberdeen will doubtless have been too honest for many.
“Likewise the admissions his time so far hasn’t been much fun and he has no intention of leaving South Africa to relocate to Scotland.
“But they have to admire him for the way he addressed the queries head on.”
The points gap between Celtic and Rangers has become a massive talking point between both clubs with the Hoops currently a massive 33 points ahead of the third placed Gers.
However, Rangers have only just returned to the Premiership table and after Celtic were allowed to inflict their dominance on the rest of Scotland it was always going to take some time for the Ibrox club to reclaim their status at the top.
Now, with Warburton gone and Pedro Caixinha in charge, fans will be hoping the gap can be reduced before too long.