A group of RANGERS fans have urged the club to take Dave King’s money – instead of a ‘marred’ £3m payment for playing Celtic in Australia.
Sons of Struth spokesman Craig Houston says the offer to settle the Super Cup withdrawal bill from Sydney was well received by furious Gers diehards at the scheduled game in November.
The tournament will host the first Old Firm game to take place outside of Glasgow and will also feature local sides Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.
But the event was billed as a “homecoming” for Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou, prompting the Light Blues to withdraw.
The Aussie trip could be worth around £3m to Rangers – but The Scottish Sun has learned former club chairman King is now offering to cover the costs if a way out is found.
It comes amid growing tension between Ibrox managers and the biggest group of fans, Club 1872.
Mr Houston said: “It’s an admirable thing that Dave King has done so it’s now a choice for the board. Do they want to take the money and sleep with Celtic? Or welcome the offer of Dave King?”
James Bisgrove, Rangers commercial director, spoke about the trip on club television last month.
He said: “Participation in this eight-day event will benefit the club on the same level as an entire season in the SPFL Premiership for two friendlies.”
King’s decision has increased the pressure on the Rangers board after protests from fans in last Sunday’s game against Dundee.
They forced three stoppages after throwing toilet paper rolls and tennis balls onto the Dens Park court.
Some also sang, “You can shove your Aussie friend up your ass.”
Mr Houston said of the board: “They have to realize that the fans don’t do this out of hatred for the club – it’s out of love for the club.
“As long as the best resolution arrives for Rangers, then the fans will be happy.
“When did Dave King become the devil? I have a hard time understanding that.”
A scathing statement from Club 1872 on Tuesday blasted Rangers MD Stewart Robertson, communications chief David Graham and Mr Bisgrove – and called the Sydney Super Cup tournament decision “the tip of the iceberg”.
The club reacted by threatening to take action against ‘disruptive’ supporters, saying: “The collective desire of our board, management and players is to have a common goal over the next few months.
“We will address the disruptors and their propaganda war at the end of this season.”
The club media channel’s Heart and Hand podcast said: “Sane PR move from Dave King. They won’t take it, but he can say he proposed.”
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