Big­ots? Ger havin’ a laugh!

NEW NAME AP­PROVED

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 - By DUN­CAN MCQUEEN

SHARE­HOLD­ERS have voted in favour of Rangers own­ers Sevco Scot­land Lim­ited chang­ing its name to The Rangers Football Club Lim­ited.

An ex­traor di­nary gen­eral meet­ing of oldco share­hold­ers took place at Ibr ox where the name change was ap­proved.

Charles Gr een said: “This is the penul­ti­mate piece of the jig­saw that will see The Rangers Football Club move for ward, with the trans­fer of SF A mem­ber­ship be­ing the fi­nal piece. As ev­ery fan knows, Rangers is Rangers – it al­ways has been and it al­ways will be.

“The club still has its 140 years of his­tory and we are now em­bark­ing on the next 140 years.

“We ar e back play­ing football and fo­cused on re­build­ing this great club.

“Our fans were fan­tas­tic on Sun­day at Brechin and their sup­por t at Ibr ox and away fr om home this sea­son will be in­stru­men­tal in help­ing the team achieve the suc­cess we all de­sire.” NEIL LEN­NON has laughed off Charles Green’s “big­otry” rant as “funny”.

Be­fore Sun­day’s Rams­dens Cup win over Brechin, the Rangers chief ex­ec­u­tive sug­gested that the rea­son the Ibrox club had been de­nied en­try into the SPL and voted into the Third Division was down to big­otry and jeal­ousy.

How­ever, speak­ing at Len­nox­town ahead of tonight’s Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier against HJK Helsinki at Park­head, the Celtic boss was with­er­ing in his re­sponse to Green’s re­marks.

He said: “The club have said that it is not wor­thy of re­sponse.

“I was golf­ing and I only read about it yes­ter­day.

“I found it quite funny. He has only been here five min­utes and he’s call­ing us all big­ots al­ready.” Len­non was also asked if he still saw Rangers as his ri­vals. He said: “Not this sea­son, no. The re­mit is to win the ti­tle and it will be no dif­fer­ent whether they are here or not.

“If we can ad­vance on the Euro­pean stage, all the bet­ter.”

Kris Com­mons is ready to hand his boss a huge boost by declar­ing him­self fit to face Helsinki.

He and James For­rest both trained yes­ter­day in prepa­ra­tion for tonight’s cru­cial Euro­pean clash.

Strug­gling

Com­mons limped off in the 1-1 friendly draw with In­ter Mi­lan on Satur­day af­ter scor­ing a spec­tac­u­lar opener.

He fol­lowed An­thony Stokes out of the game af­ter the striker picked up an an­kle in­jury.

Len­non ini­tially thought Com­mons had the more se­ri­ous of the two in­juries, but it now looks as though he will start, while Stokes is strug­gling to make the bench.

Thomas Rogne reck­ons pa­tience is the key to tak­ing a lead to Fin­land for the sec­ond leg next week.

The Norwegian said: “It de­pends how they go into the game. If they are re­ally de­fen­sive, we will need to be pa­tient to break them down.

“But you just never know – they might go for it.

“We will see what hap­pens but, of course, it’s over two legs and we have a lot of time to score the goals we need to win the tie.”

TICK­LED: Celtic boss Neil Len­non was amused by Charles Green’s blast at SPL clubs

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