Morton shirt sponsors and former Rangers investors James and Sandy Easdale are reportedly set to rival US businessman Chris Kirchner in his bid to rescue English Championship side Derby County from administration.

According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, the Easdales are backed by “Far East money” in their attempt to buy the Rams – with the McGill’s buses owners having previously sat on the board at Rangers.

34-year-old Kirchner is the founder, owner and chief executive of, a global logistics technology provider and confirmed his interest in buying Derby last week, with the Rams overall liabilities reportedly in excess of £150m.

The American has attended a game at Pride Park and met manager Wayne Rooney so it will be interesting to see whether the Easdales can trump him to buy the ailing Championship side.

The Easdales have agreed to sponsor Morton for the next two years with a variety of Easdale-owned Arranglen Group firms adorning the Morton kit, including McGill’s, Saveheat, Blairs Windows and Arc Fleet Services.


During their time at Rangers they were closely allied with controversial former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – Ashley having been named as a possible investor in Derby last month after they plunged into administration in September.

As well as sponsoring the kits at Morton, the Easdales have financially backed the club’s youth academy and invested in the club through pitchside advertising before stepping up their involvement over the summer, saying at the time they were ‘delighted’ to increase their backing: “The club is heading into a new era, but we’re delighted to be continuing our support of Greenock Morton.

“We’ve supported the youth set-up and stadium advertising in recent years and we’re pleased to add shirt sponsorship for the next two years.

“The new strips look great and will hopefully mark the start of a successful season for the club.

“Morton plays a huge role in Greenock and surrounding communities and we want to continue offering our backing for that.

“We both still live locally and Inverclyde is hugely important for our businesses.

“When Morton are successful it lifts the whole town and in the first year of fan ownership, we want to help the club get off to a great start.”

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