Novo hits out at board in wake of be­ing barred from Mur­ray Park

The Herald - Sport - - LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINALS - DEREK MILLER

NA­CHO NOVO has branded the cur­rent Rangers board of direc­tors a “can­cer” that must be cut out after be­ing de­clared per­sona non grata at his for­mer club.

The Span­ish for­ward had been train­ing at Mur­ray Park since re­turn­ing to Scot­land at the end of last year from the North Amer­i­can Soc­cer League side Carolina Rail­hawks, but he was in­formed by the out­go­ing care­taker man­ager, Kenny McDowall, yes­ter­day morn­ing that he is no longer wel­come.

Novo be­lieves he was re­moved be­cause he has signed up with the com­mu­nity own­er­ship group Rangers First, which is cam­paign­ing for a sup­porter-led takeover, and has pointed the fin­ger for the decision at chief ex­ec­u­tive Derek Llam­bias and the Eas­dale brothers.

Novo has re­it­er­ated his support for greater in­volve­ment for fans in the run­ning of the club and of­fered his back­ing to the Three Bears con­sor­tium, which con­sists of Dou­glas Park, George Letham and George Tay­lor along with Dave King.

“There is a can­cer inside the club and we need to get rid of it,” said Novo, who spent six years at Rangers and scored the penalty against Fiorentina that took them to the fi­nal of the 2008 UEFA Cup.

“If I can’t train at Mur­ray Park, that’s fine.

“I joined Rangers First be­cause this club needs to be owned by the fans and by the right peo­ple. The peo­ple in charge just now are not the right peo­ple.

“The heart of the club is bro­ken be­cause of the ac­tions of the board.

“Not one of them will ever put Rangers first. They should be nowhere near that club.”

Novo has also said that he holds no grudges against McDowall, who he claims has been de­lib­er­ately asked by the board to fire their bul­lets.

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