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CRAIG WHYTE owned Rangers for just one hour and 15 minutes when the dagger plunged home.

After a draining nine-month saga he had finally seized control of the Ibrox side on Friday May 6 and the takeover had been announced to a waiting Gers support at 7pm.

Then at 8.15pm the independent committee appointed within Rangers to approve any successor to Sir David Murray made a bombshell statement.

Chairman Alastair Johnston, chief executive Martin Bain, financial director Donald McIntyre, former supremo John McClelland and club legend John Greig all put their names to a stinging communique.

The statement posted on the club's website cast massive doubt on Whyte's credibility as the new Mr Rangers.

He was castigated as the boardroom five said they had deep suspicions that Whyte could not fund the summer swoops new boss Ally McCoist needed for his squad.

In Govan street terms they told the fans that Craig Whyte was worth watching. It was unprecedented.

Now as he settles into the Gers hotseat, Whyte has spoken for the first time of his take on the night of the long knives in an exclusive interview with SunSport.

He now sees that statement as the work of men stabbing him in the back and he rapped: "I knew that statement was coming but it was a completely outrageous thing to do.

"They had their own financial motivations and that's what was behind that move.

"But you know what? It simply made me more determined to make this takeover a success."

Whyte's financial background in the cut-throat world of London's Square Mile means he is well used to the often brutal world of business.

Yet the days that followed that statement left him sickened as, one by one, the men involved tried to insist they'd had nothing to do with trying to discredit him.

He sighed: "The next day many of them tried to disassociate themselves from that, which was bizarre "They should have left with dignity and I did not see the point in Alastair Johnston and the director Paul Murray delaying their resignations from the board either.

"That was just the game they were playing. I was surprised that people who say they have Rangers' best interests at heart would behave the way they did.

"Alastair Johnston and others were hoping that I would go away and they could get the club for themselves for nothing."

For now chief executive Martin Bain and financial director Donald McIntyre remain suspended from club duties as Rangers continue an internal investigation into the previous regime.

Privately Whyte will always remain puzzled by Bain's actions as the respected administrator had a place guaranteed in the new hierarchy - until he played a part in that bombshell statement that rubbished the takeover.

Bain and McIntyre are FINISHED at Gers, Johnston is back living life in the States and working for sports management company IMG.

There is no question Bain had the unswerving support and faith of former manager Walter Smith and that he helped to steer the club through some of the most testing times in their recent history.

His departure is a loss to Rangers but one that Whyte insists they can cope with. Instead, as he moves ahead with the new era, the Gers owner paid tribute to a man painted by the hardcore Rangers fans as the enemy within.

Respected business turn-around specialist Donald Muir - a diehard Gers fan and close pal of former manager Alex McLeish - was tasked by former owner Murray with reining in the club's spiralling debts and making them a buyable commodity again.

Whyte insists that without the work of Muir and trusted Murray lieutenant Mike McGill his takeover simply wouldn't have happened.

He told the Gers fans: "Donald Muir and Mike McGill were fantastic throughout the whole deal.

"Without them this deal wouldn't have gone through. Donald Muir is a Rangers fan who did what he had to do at a difficult time for the club.

"The decisions he made were in Rangers' best interests.

"If the debts had remained at £35million or £40m it would have been very difficult for this deal to have been done.

"At £18m it was manageable, but not at any more than that.

"The previous board wanted to increase the debt and you have to wonder about the logic and the motivation of doing that.

"Rangers simply have to be a commercial operation for the long-term benefit of the club.

"Manchester City are currently someone's plaything, but what happens when he gets sick of that?

"I don't want that for Rangers."

RANGERS supremo Craig Whyte last night turned on boardroom enemy Alastair Johnston and told him: You're yesterday's man.

Whyte broke his silence on the damaging boardroom feud at Gers with a stinging broadside at former Ibrox chairman Johnston.

And he rapped: "Alastair Johnston has his opinion but he is yesterday's man and he is irrelevant to Rangers now.

"He is not someone we will ever deal with again.

"I took a lot of flak from him and others when the deal was being done but why should I get involved in a slanging match then? I feel I retained my dignity.

"Every time I sat down with Alastair he was extremely nice to me then he goes and stabs me in the back."

Whyte was infuriated by a report in one of our fading rivals accusing him of preparing to raid season ticket money to buy players.

He said: "What we were doing was the OPPOSITE of what we were accused of."

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that's not the opposite.

the fact d muir sucked up to get his bonus is no great surprise to me.

would have been nice for Mr whyte to realise 4 million saved is greatly outweighed by 30 million earned.

well done Walter I say.

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that's not the opposite.

the fact d muir sucked up to get his bonus is no great surprise to me.

would have been nice for Mr whyte to realise 4 million saved is greatly outweighed by 30 million earned.

well done Walter I say.

the fact is any1 who thinks our success on the field was due to anyone other than walter is deluded. however i believe that muir was demonised for doing a job that needed done however much it angered me at the time.

drastic measures were needed and our old board wouldnt have had the balls to take them.

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that's not the opposite.

the fact d muir sucked up to get his bonus is no great surprise to me.

would have been nice for Mr whyte to realise 4 million saved is greatly outweighed by 30 million earned.

well done Walter I say.

would the opposite be safeguarding season ticket money then?

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how funny is it our ex board put all the shite about no money onto the banks but there plan to buy the club was with keeping the bank at rangers come on now we all know the facts it was not the bank that let miller go.

thank god we had walter smith

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the fact is any1 who thinks our success on the field was due to anyone other than walter is deluded. however i believe that muir was demonised for doing a job that needed done however much it angered me at the time.

drastic measures were needed and our old board wouldnt have had the balls to take them.

rangers will suffer because of muirs cuts for a long time.

one look at the u19 and u17's will confirm that.

not to mention the state of the stadium.

not to mention the fire sale that cost us so many important players.

i can only hope mr whyte arrived in time to stop the rot. (will people still be happy with him if we loose whittaker bougherra and davis for pittances this summer becaus they werent offered new deals?)

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would the opposite be safeguarding season ticket money then?

that or saving it up i would say.

not raiding it would be the status quo.

perhaps he is securing it against the money rangers owe him. thus making sure he gets his cash back and the tax man cant touch it.

one things for sure hes not for telling us.

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It seems Greig is the only survivor of the 'back stabbing five' still in place at Ibrox

Maybe he will be gracefully put out to pasture soon

'New owner axes Gers legend Greig'.

The timing of that one will need to be perfect.

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that or saving it up i would say.

not raiding it would be the status quo.

perhaps he is securing it against the money rangers owe him. thus making sure he gets his cash back and the tax man cant touch it.

one things for sure hes not for telling us.

That bit is certainly true.

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rangers will suffer because of muirs cuts for a long time.

one look at the u19 and u17's will confirm that.

not to mention the state of the stadium.

not to mention the fire sale that cost us so many important players.

i can only hope mr whyte arrived in time to stop the rot. (will people still be happy with him if we loose whittaker bougherra and davis for pittances this summer becaus they werent offered new deals?)

You peddle that myth every time you get the chance. The backbone of our team was never sold nor where any bids accepted, except from a £5million bid for Boogie apparently.

Miller had a few months left and Rangers never wanted fuck all for the players.

Your moaning is becoming tiresome.

You say in a post above well done Walter, yet only the other week you said it was AJ who had us going strong again. Make up yer mind, or can you not remember what drivel you have posted

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"Rangers simply have to be a commercial operation for the long-term benefit of the club.

"Manchester City are currently someone's plaything, but what happens when he gets sick of that?

"I don't want that for Rangers."

That's why I would not want an owner with so much money that he can wipe his arse with £100 notes.

We don't have to go spending £50m on transfers to win the SPL. Sensibly priced players with a bit of quality is what we need.

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You peddle that myth every time you get the chance. The backbone of our team was never sold nor where any bids accepted, except from a £5million bid for Boogie apparently.

Miller had a few months left and Rangers never wanted fuck all for the players.

Your moaning is becoming tiresome.

You say in a post above well done Walter, yet only the other week you said it was AJ who had us going strong again. Make up yer mind, or can you not remember what drivel you have posted

aj secured walter on a new contract.

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