Johnston defends decision to abstain

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Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston claims his abstention from the Rangers newco vote reflected the opinion of the club's fans and shareholders.

Johnston was the only one of the 11 Clydesdale Bank Premier League club representatives who did not vote against Sevco's bid to assume Rangers' SPL share on Wednesday. The Killie Trust criticised Johnston and said an open meeting in conjunction with the supporters' association resulted in a unanimous decision to oppose the application.

Johnston said in a statement: "The result of the consultation process (36% of all shareholders and all season ticket holders aged 18 or over in favour of 'no' to newco) was far removed from the mood of the supporters' meeting but of course involved almost 2,500 shareholders and adult season ticket holders, as opposed to the 150 or thereby at the meeting."

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