Fit & Proper test opens Pandora’s Box


I hear the SFA had asked for clarification on Craig Whyte’s alleged disqualification as a director, without getting confirmation one way or another, since the issue was initially brought to their attention by the landmark BBC documentary, Rangers: The Inside Story.  Rangers disclosure to the Plus Exchange (where the club’s shares are traded) on Wednesday that this specific BBC allegation was correct, was the information the SFA needed before they were in a position to act and apply a Fit and Proper Person (FPP) test to Whyte.

Dramatic though it sounds, failing a FPP test, in itself, is only likely to cause superficial damage to a club or its owner.  An owner would need to resign as a director but he could allow the other directors to continue running the business, or he could appoint a proxy to take control of the business, which is often the way controllers run football clubs anyway.

What is of more interest, however, are matters likely to be disclosed as part of the SFA investigation.  The Association would require Mr Whyte to explain what he did to be barred from holding a directorship for seven years, something the BBC lawyers would be able to question Whyte on in the witness box, should he actually sue, instead of repeatedly threatening to do so.

Of most interest to the SFA will be Rangers financial submission for their Uefa licence, which enabled the club to be nominated as Scotland’s participants in this season’s Champions League.  A condition of participation in Uefa competitions is that no debts to tax authorities due on 31 December the preceding year remains unpaid on 31 March.

In September HM Revenue and Customs gained permission from the court to freeze £2.3m of Rangers money in connection with an unpaid tax bill.  The principle element of this bill has not been disputed by Rangers.  The SFA will now be keen to establish if any part of this bill was in connection to taxes due in prior to 31 December 2010.  If it was, Celtic were entitled to be Scotland’s Champions League representatives, when overcoming the likes of Malmo stood between them and a £15m pay-day.

This is a legal minefield for the SFA chief exec, Stewart Regan, who has my sympathy. Things are about to become interesting.

While we are on the subject of that £2.3m tax bill, HM Revenue and Customs are due to get their hands on the cash after Friday next week, the last day Rangers are able to dispute the debt. If Rangers enter administration prior to that date, the cash would revert to the administrator and the club’s secured creditors would be entitled to it.

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  1. Serge (10) Tommy Burns on

    Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic.


    Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal.


    Group C: Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia.


    Group D: Ukraine, Sweden, France, England.

  2. Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic.



    Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal.



    Group C: Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia.



    Group D: Ukraine, Sweden, France, England.





    Group A is pretty pi**

  3. Re the confusion on the disqualification rule it is simple. In 2007 CW was disqualified from being a director a company. It wasn’t the start of hours disqualification but he was all disqualified. That is within the past 5 years. No biguity in any way shape our form. HOWEVER nothing will happen even though they have broken the rules.







  4. Serge (10) Tommy Burns on




    “The Group of Life” ;-)



    I fancy the Germans for the Trophy. HH

  5. onlyonepaulmcstay says:


    2 December, 2011 at 18:02



    oooooaaaaaffffttttt what a group for our provo’s







    Do you mean the Czechs?

  6. Serge – did ye take advantage of the Antannarivo Stargate to go watch the match the other night, i hear it leads ye straight tae paradise and the green brigade section;)


    Not long noo till ye head for brora; keep yer chin up.





  7. Reading the latest poll over on FF,subject is,do you have faith in CW,unsurprisingly,a whopping 58%,back the shyster ,really do feel that,if he were in charge of us,the number would be considerably lower,their delusion has reached new heights,next thing you know,they will consider themselves handsome.

  8. goldstar10 says:



    2 December, 2011 at 17:44


    googybhoy- No doubt his words were twisted- but we were 100% sure they would do that anyway, so why put him in that position in the first place?




    I agree with you but it is an important lesson for him. I hope it is part of a learning curve that our club has instigated for the youngsters. Doubt it though.



    Now get his head down and let his football do the talking. Like Giggs did.

  9. fergus slayed the blues on

    EKBhoy says:


    2 December, 2011 at 18:01


    Interesting regards Wattie ,may we see the ragers league for ragers needs next term .


    My thought is that they will try to re admit them as a newco ,if that fails then the less leagues the sooner the busted flush get back to the top .


    IMO we should be taking note of all goings on at this time as in the future when it all pans out there could be some very notable results regards the Scottish football rulebook


    hail hail

  10. Was out with Mrs Mcstay today, I have managed to persuade her that wee NEED 60″ 3D TV, can any of the techno buffs on here point me in the right direction for best bang for buck????



    Hail Hail

  11. Tinytim



    there is no certainty that Dignity will stay afloat.



    Murray has fled the premises, bank overdraft gone, a Buffon running affairs, if the tax Case goes against them they are totally knackered. Who knows what will crawl out the woodwork then, there is no certainty when the fan gets clogged up and there is lots of dish involved.



    I suspect the future is much worse for them than anyone can imagine. The Revenue will keep after them new company or not and then will be severely financially punished for a long time… relax and enjoy the spectacle!



    Where is the plane?




  12. Snake Plissken on

    Mullet and co



    That tackle more than anything else highlights the difference between us and them.



    That was despicable and how he never saw red for it is even more amazing even given the era it was played in.

  13. fergus slayed the blues on

    Mullet and Co says:


    2 December, 2011 at 18:12


    That, look ref it was me that got kicked appeal from scumous ,reminded me of the time molly weir kicked skoosh at CP and fell to the ground feigning injury ,guess what happened …….yes skoosh got booked


    hail hail

  14. It would appear that some CQN’ers are falling into the same silly situation that I have allowed myself to visit previously.


    You are responding to a Talking Bird, which does not have any idea what it is saying.


    It simply MIMICS things that it has heard elsewhere.


    We demean ourselves by responding.


    Let it SQUAWK.

  15. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Tiny Tim




    Ah wiz Distracted..






    Whit ye said in yer last Submission…is very interesting,pal..



    So ye sit next tae Broonie’s Folks?… and frum whit ye relate, they are


    Proper Nice People..



    That’s Good tae know.



    Ah know fur a Fact that Broonie has Conversed Deeply, wi the Newcastle Reps.. so he Noo knows.. like ye say.. his Options.



    He wull soon make up his mind…wan wey or anither.



    Frankly, Ah wid luv tae see the Back o’ Him..



    But, that is Jist Me..





    yer pal..who likes ye the bestest.

  16. Serge (10) Tommy Burns on




    Hi Mate, Counting the days until i see no sunshine! Got asked yesterday to go straight to Jordan from here next week, That’ll be right!



    How was the gym today? I was meant to go after work but got lazy, got the 5s tomorrow night. HH

  17. More lies from Keevins on Snyde!!!



    Kayal was called Heartless from Andy Walker on Sky the other night,in other words he called him a coward,,,which is complete bulls**t!!!!



    Hail hail

  18. off subject at celtic park to get tickets for Hearts game,fourth in queue from going in to going out 35 minutes,wife in car said were they making them,guy in front of me said he had come during lunch not a happy man.has anyone else had problems at ticket office regarding this.

  19. Serge – No gym the last 2 days…..flu symptoms since i got a flu shot recently so i’m taking it easy; copious amounts of vino don’t seem to be helping so i might have to up my dosage:)


    I have a bottle of Cragganmore on stanby if things get worse!


    Gota go shortly and pick up the wean, will email ye in the morning with the usual:)





  20. Lads if any of you can get on Clyde can u tell that wee Hun loving rat keevins he’s telling lies the media don’t cover everything.



    Please ask him why didn’t his paper report last year when Huns played inverness and clear foul and butcher went nuts and Huns went up park they scored and there was no mention of this in his paper but his paper were quick to report last year when Wilson didn’t get sent off against utd.

  21. 2 December, 2011 at 12:25


    The Honest Mistake says:


    2 December, 2011 at 12:04



    WGS being given the Celtic job was like, as if the huns making Neil Simpson their manager! IMO!



    I often wonder what goes on on your head to make you form opinions like that. Can you give any reasoning as to how you hold that opinion?



    hail hail Sandyman,


    A lot of players did this against Celtic it was called rivalry and it was healthy! do you think WGS would have taken the Celtci job if he was still living in the past? No dont’ think so, he did a great service to every club he has represented. True professional and is still the second most successful Celtic Manager in our history, and i don’t buy all the excuses from peopel who try to tarnish his record! I wish he ws still there and i dare say we wouldnt be in the position we are in! Second to an average huns team!


    hail hail WGS legend!




    The reason is simple….WGS was detested by the Celtic support who were old enough to suffer his, insidious antics on the pitch for, Aberdeen when playing against us!



    The same goes for Simpson who was detested by the huns.



    The underlying concern for me in all of this is that, the people who appointed WGS and, leaked the story to the LL on black-sunday of all days, clearly didn’t/don’t know their history ?




  22. onepaulmacstay If you have a Makro or Costco card they have great prices, failing that Richer Sounds will normally match anyones prices. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  23. Actually the tackle on George McCluskey minutes or seconds into the beasts first league game as player manager for Rangers was THE statement of what was to come. The Beast fitted perfectly into the HUN pandoras box. His players that day were wound out to kick and foul and make a statement of what was to come and it was not football to entertain the masses it was pure unadulterated filth managed by an egotist. It was only the arrival of gascoigne and Laudrup that punctuated this but those signings still smacked of facist football.


    Tiny Tims posts always get me thinking of Judas. Celtic Football club should think of the day that Rangers first approached Judas as the day that Rangers made their intent known that their plan was to end Celtic. Personally I think we are too nice a club to ever match the evil of the Judas days but I would smack the current raggy nail of hun stench right on its vertical zenith.

  24. From RTC via Phil Macs twitter Thingy;



    In the current storm over whether the SFA should have granted Rangers a UEFA license for this season (and possibly denied Celtic a chance at qualifying for the Champions’ League), sources within Ibrox have confirmed that Rangers are planning to file a late appeal of the “wee tax case” bill related to a Discounted Options Plan.



    This bill, and the related interest, amount to £2.8m- had been agreed by the club. Rangers had even paid £500k previously to prevent court action. (The bill for penalties related to this scam had not been agreed and can be seen as a separate matter for now).



    Normally a company has 30 days to appeal a tax assessment. We know that that any appeal now is very late. The question is: why appeal now?



    It would certainly serve to provide a tissue for their friends in the media to hide behind. Stories can be planted with the usual suspects that “the bill is being appealed so it does not count”.



    However, the point at issue here is the status of this bill on 31 March. I do not know the answer, but it should be a simple question with a simple answer: was this bill overdue on that date?



  25. Whitecrook Tim




    If it helps any for the future; we bought a couple of tickets online for the St.Mirren game last week in the North Stand. It now allows you to print them off at home and it saves all the bother of going to the ticket office.


    For this, be warned, they tack on an extra £1.75 to the price of the ticket!




  26. TinyTim says:


    2 December, 2011 at 17:10



    ‘If Scott doesn’t play then they don’t attend the match.’




    Do they get up and leave when he gets sent off?

  27. No surprise that Brown is signing tomorrow reportedly.


    Both he and Neil have said deal was agreed and only the agent fee was the stumbling block.


    What is surprising is that Ally expects to “strengthen” the squad. Does he read?


    I think I may need to change my underwear.




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