Rangers directors Paul Murray and Barry Scott have resigned from the board with immediate effect, the club has announced. Murray has been a director at Ibrox since March 2015, when he returned to the club with Dave King for a second stint in the boardroom having been a director with the old club before it was liquidated.

Hong-Kong based businessman Barry Scott only took up his place on the board in December last year after loaning much needed money to help pay off Mike Ashley out of the merchandise deal and to help the club see out the rest of the season.

The news of the departures follows the sacking of manager Graeme Murty in the wake of Rangers' 5-0 defeat to Celtic on Sunday, news that they are paying a disgraced former director to run the supposedly 'independent' Club 1872 fan group and chairman Dave King breaching takeover rules again after failing to follow through with an order to make an offer for the remainder of the club's shares.

In a brief statement on the club's official website, a spokesperson said: "Rangers International Football Club PLC (RIFC) notify the resignation of two directors, Mr Paul Murray and Mr Barry Scott.

"Paul has been a director since March 2015 and played an important role at that time in helping oust the previous board and restore the club to the hands of those who have its best interests at heart.

"Paul has served with distinction as a director since that time and all at Rangers are very grateful for his efforts. We look forward to welcoming him again as a supporter.

"Barry joined the board more recently and his enthusiasm and drive were welcome.

"The board knows it will continue to enjoy his support and appreciates the commitment he has shown to the club."

It is another episode in a long line of issues that has plagued the club since Dave King's overthrowing of the previous regime.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool captain and current Under-18 youth coach Steven Gerrard confirmed to BT Sport that he has held 'positive' talks with Rangers over becoming their new manager.

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