Former Rangers vice-chairman Donald Findlay insists the club’s failings this season are down to the board, not manager Alex McLeish.
Findlay, who left the Ibrox club four years ago following a sectarian singing controversy, believes poor decisions at the top level in the past have resulted in the club’s current problems.
Their only chance of silverware this season could vanish tomorrow if they are defeated in the Tennent’s Scottish Cup quarter-final against Celtic after falling 16 points behind their Old Firm rivals in the title race.
Findlay told the Herald: “I believe Rangers have lost direction and ultimately that it is the board which is responsible.
“One of the main jobs of any football club board is to find the finance for the team’s manager but at Rangers unfortunately over a period of time an awful lot of money was spent on players who weren’t worth it.
“The upshot is that Alex McLeish and the team is suffering and that is the board’s responsibility.
“In every walk of life you pay for what you’ve done and Rangers now have this very significant debt which is limiting their planning.
“A consequence is that McLeish is left with a group of players who are not good enough to satisfy the hopes and aspirations of the supporters. Rangers are currently relying on too many players whose best days are behind them.”