Craig Mather Interim Rangers Chief Exec

Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Craig Mather as interim chief executive in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

The 42-year-old is a shareholder and has been the club's director of sports development since October. 

He will hold the position until the Irn-Bru Third Division outfit appoint a permanent replacement for Charles Green, who resigned as chief executive with immediate effect last week. 

A statement to the Stock Exchange confirmed: ``Rangers announces that the Board has appointed Craig Mather, aged 42, to the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Group. In addition, Craig will act as interim Chief Executive Officer and will be a member of the Board as the interim Chief Executive Officer. 

``In the meanwhile the search for a permanent replacement for Charles Green will continue and a further announcement will be made as appropriate.''

He replaces Green, who became chief executive of Rangers last summer when his consortium purchased the business and assets for £5.5million after the club was consigned to liquidation following a period of administration. 

Green announced on Friday he would be stepping down from the role amid claims by former owner Craig Whyte - who was at the helm when administrators were called in - that he was involved in the Green consortium's acquisition of Rangers.