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Rangers supporters want place at negotiating table

The Rangers Supporters Trust want a productive relationship with the club's new owner if Scottish businessman Craig Whyte succeeds with his takeover bid. RST chairman Stephen Smith said: "We will want to look at how the Whyte consortium sees the involvement of the Rangers support in taking the club forward. We are very interested in that and we are optimistic in engaging in a dialogue with him about the issues and concerns we have."

He added: "As a lifelong Rangers fan he will be aware, I'm sure, of what most of them are.

"We hope that whoever is the major shareholder of the club would understand the value and the sense, particularly in this economic climate, of working closely with the support and making sure the 'Rangers family' operates as effectively and efficiently as it possibly can."

Smith has no concerns about the involvement of property-developer Andrew Ellis, who was previously part of a buy-out bid which fell through earlier this year.

Ellis is working in partnership with Whyte and would have a 25 per cent stake if the takeover goes ahead.

"If Andrew Ellis wants to invest in this, we won't prejudge that," said Smith.

"We will wait and see exactly what it looks like when all the details come out.

"We would be quite happy to speak to him or Craig Whyte about a constructive and progressive partnership in the best interests of Rangers because that's all we're interested in."

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