Posted on Mar 17
Rangers manager Ally McCoist says the club needs some stability, after losing three times in four matches since entering administration, with the threat of liquidation still hanging over Ibrox.
The Glasgow club on Saturday registered their second successive Scottish Premier League defeat, with a tax tribunal verdict on player payments awaited which could see them hit with a further bill of up to £75 million (90 million euros, $118 million).
Duff and Phelps, the administrators appointed to run the Glasgow giants, said three interested parties -- believed to be former Rangers director Paul Murray's Blue Knights consortium, Sale Sharks Rugby Union owner Brian Kennedy and an American consortium -- had all submitted indicative bids for the club.
With players forced to take wage cuts of up to 75 per cent to keep the club financially afloat, McCoist admitted the uncertainty surrounding the club has not helped performances on the pitch.
But having met some of the potential purchasers of the club, the Rangers manager was hopeful that the club can soon be back on an even keel.
"Until the long-term future is established and we know where we are and what direction we are heading in I'd have to say there has got to be a level of uncertainty about the future," he added.
"But it's been encouraging that there are three or four parties interested in taking over the club and hopefully we can get that organised and get a bit of stability back to the club, as that's what's missing at the moment.
"I've met and spoken to two or three potential purchasers and I had a chat on Saturday with David Whitehouse, of Duff and Phelps.
"He said there's probably another two, possible three interested parties perhaps going to come in over the weekend which hopefully I'll have a chance to meet up with in the next week or so.
"I'm not daft enough to think that the possibility of liquidation is not still there but I'm hopeful more than anything.
"It seems a bit more remote shall we say. We're not out the woods, not by a long shot.
"But at the same time I think there's probably been signs in the last four or five days or so in terms of potential purchasers that would indicate we can possibly avoid that which would be ideal for everybody."
For Saturday's match at Dundee United, Rangers, who were without six defenders due to suspension and injuries, were only able to field five substitutes.
However, the Gers held the home side at bay until the 37th minute when defender Keith Watson volleyed United into the lead.
Jon Daly added a second two minutes after the break before substitute Sone Aluko gave Rangers hope when his deflected shot beat Dusan Pernis on the hour mark.
The 2-1 defeat leaves Rangers, who were docked 10 points for entering administration, trailing bitter rivals Celtic by 21 points with eight games remaining.
A victory at Ibrox for Neil Lennon's side in next week's Old Firm derby would all but seal the Hoops' first title win in four years.
Despite the pressure on his side, McCoist says his players will not have anything to fear from the match.
"I haven't given the game too much thought to be honest. We will dust ourselves down from this disappointing result and we will look forward to the game next week starting on Monday," the Rangers manager said.
"I can't say I remember enjoying too many Old Firm games in the past and I can't see it starting it now.
"But I've never been scared of an Old Firm game in my life and I'm not going to start that either, so we will look forward to it.
"We certainly have players who can win the game, that's for sure."