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Ex-QPR director Russell to take top job at Rangers

Former QPR deputy managing director Ali Russell is set to take the Chief Operating Officer gig with Scottish champions Rangers.

The 39-year old has been brought in by 'Gers owner Ally McCoist to take care of all the vital off-field goings on, replacing departing chief executive Martin Bain.

Russell is extremely excited about the role and will use the experienced gained working with QPR owner Bernie Ecclestone, of F1 fame, and the likes of Flavio Briatore and the Mittals.

"I very much learned the Formula 1 model on football, working with people like Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore and the Mittals," Russell said.

"That's been very useful for me to see a parallel commercial environment being used in football and I think they had a huge amount of success in those sort of areas.

"I've had a fair degree of involvement with football.

"I've been part of two new management teams that have come into football and been very, very successful.

"This is a fantastic club and it has got a fantastic fan base.

"What we want to do is to take this club forward and today is the start of that. I'm looking forward to helping develop the brand of this club, not just in Scotland but internationally.

"I think we've got some huge opportunities.

"The club has been under some challenging financial circumstances over the last couple of years. I think, moving forward, we've got to challenge ourselves.

"How do we generate more interest in Scottish football?

"How do we become central to that?

"It's very early days but we're looking at how we move Rangers forward considerably and I'm thrilled to be part of this new management team."

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