Sale Sharks Owner Brian Kennedy Looks to Buy Rangers

By Community | March 14, 2012

Brian Kennedy, ask owner of Rugby Union side Sale Sharks, pilule has confirmed he will bid to buy Rangers this week because he couldn’t live with himself if the Ibrox giants were liquidated.

The Scottish-born businessman, who bought his AVIVA Premiership team more than a decade ago.

Kennedy is prepared to walk away if there are other offers on table but he will be there to pick up the pieces if the administrators, Duff and Phelps, believe he is the best option for the long-term future of Rangers.

Kennedy said: “I will make an offer to buy Rangers before Friday.  

“My position is that if there is no better deal on the table to safeguard Rangers then I will gladly do a deal to buy the club, if there is a better offer than I will gladly walk away.  For me, Rangers are a fantastic club with a great history.

“If I have the ability to stop it from going to the wall and disappearing then I will use all my powers to do that.

“If somebody has something else that is better than what I can offer then I will gladly step-a-side.  That has always been my position.  

“I see myself as a back drop to stop Rangers going into extinction.  “I am not in it for money or personal game, for me, it is almost like a social responsibility I have to the people of Scotland and the country of my birth.”

Former Rangers director Paul Murray is also leading a rival bid under the title of the Blue Knights, with Dave King and creditors Ticketus, while there is also thought to be strong interest in buying the club from America and the Middle-east.

Kennedy has already stated that when he bids for the club it will be all or nothing and he won’t be getting involved in any other consortiums adding : “What is right for Rangers is right for me,” If the administrators feel that Paul Murray takes over then I will walk away and give him all the support he needs.  

“When you run a business you need direction and focus.  A camel is a horse designed by committee and I am not into committees or consortiums.

“If it works for these guys and they have focus then I would be absolutely delighted, if not I will be there to pick up the pieces for the administrators and to preserve such a great club, that is genuinely where I am coming from.”

Murray, who could be banned from returning to Ibrox as a director, has already confirmed his offer is condition to the club winning the big tax case, which could see them hit with a bill of up to £75 million. 

Kennedy has admitted that he has no worries about the big tax and it won’t have impact on his offer.

“I have no issues  with that,” he  insisted.  “With a CVA you completely insulated from that, so that is not an issue for me. “The biggest issue is what is right for the club going forward and this great institution for its future.  It is one of the top football clubs in Europe and it is an integral part of Scottish life, which is where I am from.”

Kennedy previously tried to buy his boyhood heroes Hibs and has previously been in charge of English minnows Stockport County.