Raith director advised by police over safety

Eric Drysdale Raith Rovers
Eric Drysdale Raith Rovers

RAITH Rovers director Eric Drysdale is being advised by police over his safety after his name was linked to sanctions imposed on Glasgow Rangers.

Drysdale, a chartered banker with the Royal Bank of Scotland, has confirmed he was one of three men who sat on the SFA Judicial Panel which handed the administration-hit Ibrox club with a year-long transfer embargo and £160,000 in fines.

The sanctions, which were revealed on Monday night, triggered a furious response from Rangers’ administrators, Duff and Phelps, while the club’s manager, Ally McCoist, demanded that the identities of those on the tribunal be released to the public.

The Press understands that shortly after Drysdale’s name was leaked over the internet yesterday (Wednesday), a phonecall of a threatening nature was answered by office staff at Stark’s Park, who subsequently contacted the police.

And while Drysdale confirmed that he has suffered no direct threats against him, Strathclyde Police have issued him with security advice, including a 42-page document that ranges from how to answer the door, to identifying suspicious packages, as a precaution.

Drysdale told the Press: “I’ve not had any threats aimed specifically at me, but I’ve been advised to stay vigilant.

“It’s a surreal situation to be in. I’ve just had Sky News at the door, and the BBC are on their way.

“I don’t feel threatened as such, but I’m certainly being careful.”

Drysdale, who has served as a director at Raith since 1998, is a lifelong Rovers’ supporter and a shareholder since 1984.