Peter Lovenkrands: "Nobody knows what he intends to do at Rangers. But it's clear that he wants to be involved.
"I knew him at Newcastle - and I thought he was great. He was very personable - and he seemed like one of the guys.
"He would turn up at players' events, do things normal chairmen wouldn't do, having a drink and socialising with the boys.
"He seemed really good that way, really down to earth. I liked that and respect that about him.
"At end of season events, he came along to a few of those, joining in with the boys, joking and laughing with them.
"I've never had that before in a chairman, so it was quite cool - quite nice to see that he could be so down to earth.
"I know there were times, when I came to the club, where there was a campaign to get him out.
"Suddenly that changed when we got into the top five in the Premier League. Everything was good - until we lost a few and it went back to the fans being unhappy with him.
"It's hard to say if it's his fault. Certain things happen at football clubs, managers change and players go, players stay.
"There are a lot of things going on at Newcastle. I don't think you can pin everything on Mike Ashley.
"I had four successful years with him there and I loved being at the club."