THE secretary of Hawick Rangers Supporters Club Michael Hook has urged fans to back the club during its current troubles.
Gers owner Craig Whyte was forced to appoint administrators Duff and Phelps on Tuesday with HMRC pursuing an unpaid £9million tax bill from last year – which could rise to as much as £75million.
Ally McCoist’s side were immediately docked 10 points by the SPL and now sit 14 points adrift of rivals Celtic.
Amid increasing concerns, Duff and Phelps have stressed in a statement that Rangers will survive as a football club and that tomorrow’s game against Kilmarnock will go ahead as planned at Ibrox.
Meanwhile, Mr Hook, who helped the Hawick club celebrate its 50th anniversary last year, called on local supporters to rally round. He said: “Obviously it’s a worrying time for all Rangers fans. We have to just hope that Whyte knows what he’s doing. If not I’m sure there will be people out there looking to step up.
“Hawick RSC has had good support yet again this season with full buses up every week.We had a full bus against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup, a full bus at Dunfermline on Saturday and we’ve actually got a waiting list for the Kilmarnock game tomorrow.
“I think we all just want to get behind Super Ally and the club.”
The points deduction means the title race is effectively over and Rangers now face a battle to retain their second-placed position – they are currently nine points ahead of third-top Motherwell – in the race for European qualification spots.
While the administrators appear confident of a quick solution, Mr Hook warned the demise of the club – which was formed in 1873 – would have far reaching consequences for the rest of Scottish football.
He said: “While it would be a disaster if anything was to happen to us, it would also have a huge effect on Scottish football in general as all the clubs would miss out on big pay days when we attend away games. Already teams such as Dundee United and Dunfermline have talked about the potential loss of income.
“I’m sure the Celtic fans will be enjoying this but deep down they won’t want to see Ranges disappear as we would lose the magic of the Old Firm.”