After 11 months of innuendo and unanswered questions the Sun today publish confirmation that Charles Green was a frontman for Craig Whyte. The news will be a bombshell to many but few in the Celtic online community will be surprised.
The Sun today report that Craig Whyte and partner, Aiden Earley, are majority shareholders in Sevco 5088 Ltd, the company which bought Ibrox, Murray Park and other assets from Rangers’ administrators’ Duff and Phelps.
They also claim Charles Green subsequently transferred Sevco 5088’s assets into Sevco Scotland Ltd, which Whyte said was done without his permission. Green was given considerable opportunity to respond to the claims but despite pages of comment does not deny the central claim that Whyte and Earley were majority shareholders in the company which purchased assets from Duff and Phelps. The rest of the story amounts to little more than gratuitous detail.
Where does this leave things?
Whyte’s QC has started legal action, seeking control of Ibrox and other assets.
Duff and Phelps (presumably unknowingly) discretely sold Rangers assets to the man who appointed them and who is currently subject to an investigation into the collapse of the club. Rangers’ liquidators, BDO, can cancel the sale of assets and claim them for creditors if they believe it was not conducted in an appropriate manner – and this is anything but appropriate.
When Sevco 5088 Ltd was negotiating with the SFA Green assured the SFA that Whyte was not part of his consortium. This was a condition of the Newco being granted associate membership. The SFA are now duty bound to investigate (although with president Campbell Ogilvie in place make no assumptions here).
What has any of this to do with St Mirren, you may ask?
St Mirren chairman, Stewart Gilmour, appears to have made a pact with Charles Green, who I hear has given Green his assurance that he will vote against league reconstruction plans, which the SPL are due to vote on 15 April.
Questions like who owns Ibrox, whether the Newco is a legitimate associate membership of the SFA, whether BDO will declare the sale to Sevco 5088 void, in the event this circus makes it to next season, whether anyone will buy tickets to the shambles, all remain unanswered….
…but Stewart Gilmour is making plans with Charles Green. St Mirren fans should be outraged. Mr Gilmour should be careful who he does deals with.