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Dave King passed fit and proper to take over at Rangers

Image: Dave King: Gets the nod from SFA

Dave King says he can now turn his attention to 'rebuilding Rangers' after passing the Scottish Football Association’s fit and proper persons’ test.

It clears the way for the Johannesburg-based businessman to take up the role of chairman at the Ibrox club, more than two months after he and his allies ousted the previous board from power.

King had to argue his case in light of his previous directorship with oldco Rangers, before they were consigned to liquidation in June 2012, and also due to his convictions for tax offences in South Africa.

However, in a statement, the SFA said: “In considering the request, the Board of the Scottish FA has sought and received specialist independent legal advice, both in Scotland and South Africa, in respect of Mr King’s conviction further to the South African Income Tax Act and in relation to his previous involvement as a Director of the club.

I am delighted with today’s announcement from the Scottish FA. I can now turn my attention fully to the task of rebuilding Rangers.
Dave King

“It has also received significant documentation from relevant authorities both within the UK and South Africa.

“The scale of this due diligence is unprecedented but befitting the complexities of the consideration placed before the Board. During this exercise both Mr King and the club were fully co-operative and responded to all questions put to them by the Scottish FA.

“On the basis of this advice presented to it, and having considered all submissions received from Mr King and the club in respect of this matter, the Scottish FA Board granted an approval, conditional upon further submissions from Mr King in respect of documented agreements with the appropriate authorities in South Africa.

“The Scottish FA can confirm it has now received this supplementary documentation in full and the Board is satisfied Mr King is Fit and Proper in terms of Article 10.2.”

Now King is set to take up his role on the Rangers board and as chairman of the Glasgow giants, who are striving to reach the Scottish top flight through the play-offs, with a semi-final first leg against Hibernian at Ibrox on Wednesday evening.

'Negative'

In a statement King said: "I am delighted with today’s announcement from the Scottish FA. I can now turn my attention fully to the task of rebuilding Rangers.

"The Scottish FA’s process has understandably been a long one given their recent negative experience with some of the previous board members, who were tasked with being custodians of the Club.

"It was essential that I dealt fully with all of the Scottish FA’s questions and provided them with everything they required, no matter how personal, in order to prove that there were no barriers to me joining the Board of Rangers International Football Club plc.

"I always maintained I would meet the fit and proper requirements of the Scottish FA once they had examined all the evidence and that is what happened.

My colleagues on the Board and I look forward to serving the Club in the years to come.
Dave King (centre) with fellow Ibrox directors

"I said before that I must be the most scrutinised candidate in Scottish football history but, as I also previously explained, I was happy to accept this given the importance to the Club of having a Board fully comprised of individuals with the Club’s best interests at heart and who are all approved by the Scottish FA. We finally have that, and my colleagues on the Board and I look forward to serving the Club in the years to come.

"I thank the Scottish FA for their diligence in this matter and now it is time to look ahead and map out Rangers’ future. However, I will elaborate on that in the coming days because there should be no distractions ahead of tomorrow night’s match at Ibrox.

"This first leg of the play-off semi-final is absolutely crucial. I will be going to the match and I urge as many Rangers fans as possible to buy the remaining tickets to ensure a packed Ibrox. Together we can help drive the team forward."

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