Mur­ray and Cart­mell exit Rangers

CELTIC FANS’ TICKET BOOST

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FOR­MER chair­man Mal­colm Mur­ray and fel­low non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Phil Cart­mell have left the board of Rangers.

Mur­ray stepped down as chair­man in May, amid spec­u­la­tion of moves to oust him, but re­mained as a di­rec­tor un­til now.

He was re­placed in the role by ex-Gers boss Wal­ter Smith in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the rest of the board aimed at bring­ing sta­bil­ity to the club.

Smith, who re­turned to Rangers as a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in Novem­ber af­ter two spells as team man­ager, said in a state­ment: “Mal­colm and Phil have made im­por­tant and valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the club.

“The last year has pre­sented the club with a num­ber of chal­lenges and it has been ben­e­fi­cial to have two highly ex­pe­ri­enced non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors such as Mal­colm and Phil of­fer­ing as­sis­tance.

“On be­half of the board I would like to thank them for their con­sid­er­able ef­forts in help­ing to re­build Rangers.

“Both men have other sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness in­ter­ests and we wish them well.” CELTIC fans are set to re­ceive ex­tra tick­ets for their Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier at Cliftonville.

The North­ern Ire­land cham­pi­ons have been given per­mis­sion by UEFA to in­stall ad­di­tional seat­ing at their Soli­tude home for the clash on July 17.

The Reds re­vealed at the week­end that all avail­able tick­ets had been snapped up for the first leg of the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round tie against the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons.

How­ever, fans of both sides look set to ben­e­fit from the news that Cliftonville have been given the green light to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of their sta­dium, which is cur­rently around 2,500.

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