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Rangers fans back King's plan

A group of Rangers fans have thrown their weight behind Dave King's call to withhold season ticket money ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

South Africa-based King has been at loggerheads with the current board over the running of the club and has asked fans to put season-ticket renewal money into a trust set up by himself and former Rangers defender Richard Gough.

King, who lost 20m of his own money in oldco Rangers before it was consigned to liquidation in June 2012, claims he is willing to put 30m into the League One champions but is keen for it to be used to strengthen the squad in a bid to halt Celtic's domination.

Last December Rangers chief exectuvie Graham Wallace asked for 120 days to carry out a financial review to determine what, if any, cost-cutting measures were required to ensure the club remained a going concern.

That four-month period is up at the end of this week and over the weekend King stepped up his pressure on the board by asking them to clarify why fans should hand over season-ticket money now before the findings of the review have been published.

He has now been backed by the Union of Fans - a group comprised of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, the Rangers Supporters Trust and the Rangers Supporters Association - who issued a statement backing his plan for fans to keep intended season-ticket money away from the current board.

It read: "We will now be pushing forward with plans to collect season ticket money. The money placed into the account will be released to the club, in full, as soon as they agree to give season ticket holders a security over Ibrox Stadium and Auchenhowie (Murray Park training ground).

"There will be no drip feeding of funds and we do not consider that the board has any legitimate reason to reject this proposal.

"Legal advisers have been engaged and are working on the legal framework and bank account required to collect money. We would ask in the meantime that fans do no renew prior to evaluating this board's 120-day review to take the club forward.

"We would also ask them to be vigilant and ensure they are not signed up for auto renewal, which they would need to cancel in writing to the ticket office before April 28."

Despite the ongoing battle for control at Ibrox, manager Ally McCoist believes he will be given funds to strengthen his side over the close season.

Rangers' full-time status allowed them to stroll to the League One title but failure in all three cups against higher-league opposition has seen McCoist come under fire from certain sections of the Ibrox crowd.

But he insists it's business as usual and has already started planning for the new season in the Championship.

"If you don't believe and don't have faith in the club moving forward then you are in the wrong job," he said. "I have to be confident (that I can add to my squad) and I am confident.

"I just look at the atmosphere our supporters created on Saturday and that tells me we have a chance. I am incredibly keen to get moving forward to get players in for next season to help the ones we have and continue the rebuilding process.

"In an ideal world we would like to start rebuilding for longer term as well as short to mid-term so we will find out very very soon. Like most managers, I am hopeful that I will be able to strengthen my squad in the close season."