James Bisgrove stuns Rangers as chief executive sensationally QUITS for new role

James Bisgrove has left Rangers
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James Bisgrove has sensationally QUIT as Rangers chief executive to take up a new position in Saudi Arabia.

Bisgrove left the Ibrox board stunned after tendering his resignation just 13 months after replacing managing director Stewart Robertson. He had previously worked as Gers' Head of Marketing and Commercial but is understood to have accepted a megabucks move to the Middle East, joining newly-promoted Al Qadsiah.

The bombshell news will come as a major shock to the Light Blues and manager Philippe Clement who is about to embark on another summer transfer rebuild. A club statement read: "Rangers can confirm Chief Executive Officer, James Bisgrove, will leave the club having accepted a new football role in the Middle East.

"The Rangers Board has implemented an interim executive structure and, together with John Bennett, Philippe Clement, Nils Koppen and the Football Board, will prioritise the execution of the summer transfer activity. John Bennett will assume the role of Executive Chairman on an interim basis to ensure continuity and support to the wider executive team as they focus on executing our plans for the summer, both on and off the pitch.

"The Executive Chairman will lead a team comprising current executives. They are Chief Finance Officer, James Taylor; Director of Football Recruitment, Nils Koppen; Football Operations Director Creag Robertson and Chief Commercial Officer, Karim Virani."

John Bennett commented: "I would like to thank James for the work he has done at the club over the last five years as Commercial and Marketing Director, and latterly, as our CEO.

"Our commercial revenues grew significantly under James’ leadership, while in the last year, he was an integral part of the off-field restructuring the club has implemented. The executive team James helped shape has firmly established itself and I fully expect its momentum to be uninterrupted. We wish James every success with his new role."