Derek Llambias joins Rangers as a consultant

Former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has joined Rangers as a consultant.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has effectively taken charge of the Ibrox club after his £2m emergency loan offer was accepted by the club’s board.

According to Sky Sports, Ashley offered Llambias a role with the Scottish Championship club and is one of the candidates to take on the role of chief executive or managing director, depending on what the role entails.

Rangers Board Chairman Sandy Easdale spoke briefly to reporters on his way into Ibrox today, but he has not yet had a chance to speak to Llambias.

“I’ve not spoken to Derek yet or had any discussions with him. As far as I am aware he is a consultant at the moment,” said Easdale.

Meanwhile, former Rangers director of football Gordon Smith has called for clarity over Ashley’s future role at Ibrox.

Reports suggested Rangers were just 48 hours away from administration prior to the Sports Direct owner’s offer being accepted but Smith believes a further cash injection will be required ‘within months’.