Ex-chairman Malcolm Murray exits Rangers board as James Easdale joins

Rangers have announced that non-executive directors Malcolm Murray and Phil Cartmell have left the board.

However, Greenock businessman James Easdale, 42, has been appointed as a non-executive director.

Easdale is a director of several businesses including McGill's, a large independent bus operator.

"As a lifelong Rangers supporter, I am proud and honoured to serve on the board of such a great sporting institution," said Easdale.

"And I look forward to helping Rangers Football Club continue its journey back to the top of Scottish football."

Murray was installed as chairman at Ibrox when Charles Green's consortium purchased the club's assets for £5.5m in June last year.

The pension fund manager survived several attempts to oust him from his position during a turbulent 12 months.

And Murray stepped aside in late May, allowing Walter Smith to take over as non-executive chairman.

Smith, who won 10 league titles as Rangers manager, has been a non-executive director since November 2012.