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new owner Craig Whyte has hit out at two departed Rangers board members over their 'bizarre' handling of his takeover.

Whyte completed his protracted move for the Scottish champions on 6th May when he acquired Sir David Murray's 85 per cent shareholding.

The deal involved wiping out the club's debt of around £20million and pledging £25million over five years to invest in the squad.

However, just hours after the takeover was completed, Rangers board members released a statement to express doubts over Whyte's cash pledges.

Former board members Alastair Johnston, who headed the independent board committee to review takeover offers, and Paul Murray both publicly voiced their scepticism - with Murray even launching a rival 'Plan B' which ultimately failed.

Once the takeover was completed both Johnston and Murray were removed from their positions, however, Whyte believes they should have walked away sooner for the benefit of the club.

"I think it's a pity that some of these guys didn't go gracefully instead of going disgracefully," he told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper.Sniping away

"Alastair Johnston had a chance to stand down and refused. And so did Paul Murray.

"It was unfortunate for them. I really don't know what their problem is. Why didn't they resign? It's what any reasonable person would have done."

He added: "The statement (immediately after the takeover) didn't help. It was very difficult to work with the people who were behind that statement.

"It was the most bizarre thing. You couldn't make it up.

"I don't know, but I hear that some of the previous directors are still sniping away in the background, still trying to cause trouble where they can."

Whyte also revealed that he did not expect suspended directors Martin Bain and Donald McIntyre to be re-instated, as they await the results of an internal inquiry.

Asked if there was a chance for them to return, he replied: "No, there's not, no."

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