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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. I think the ‘absolutely repulsed’ hatred of Strachan is a tad too far. I think what people forget is that we never got a chance to get it out of our system after that (iirc he transferred/was hastened out the door shortly thereafter).

     

     

    It would appear that the 20 intervening years somewhat by-passed some people.

  2. kit

     

    just back from my club

     

    the caledonians of bassendean

     

    great night as always and plenty good SCOTTISH bannter….no matter what creed

     

    i give them laldie every minute I can

     

    just like you do on here(spelt correctly for once)

     

    keep up the good fight

     

    and you are always in my thoughts ….somewhere!!!

     

    you are my mate…..and you are also my mates …mate

     

    btw…..yes early finnish today….knocked the staff off at 2 at put a bbq on for them

     

    they work hard, fast , and with a smile……they are like a wee team of celts in someways

     

    what a team!!

     

    and the bevvy flowed on……….

     

    hail hail again to the KANO foundation…….you have done as you said….and made good through what you said

     

    my hat is always doffed to you and yours

     

    hail hail

     

    ramie

     

     

    P.S ….dbbia…..get a shave

  3. hebcelt

     

     

    Are you nuts! Asking about Estadio … ?

     

     

    With all its side strands and off shoots, this latest thread is difficult enough to follow, without the mad witterings of the Estadio.

     

     

    [Only kidding, Estadio: like most on here, I hope you’re well on the way to full vigour – and more madcap postings.]

     

     

    FF

  4. celtic *o* lennon on

    KevJungle – Put the Green Brigade into a new JUNGLE says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:33

     

     

    What is your problem with Gordon Strachan, seriously boring now.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CARDIFFBHOY from last blog

     

     

    Thanks for the reply,seems that single reply opened up the sores I referred to!

  6. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Gerry.

     

     

    Thankyou ,Pard.

     

     

    Lou, maintains, that Danny is Neil’s Cousin.

     

     

    collie, maintains, that Danny is NO…Neil’s Cousin,

     

    but… Neil is , Danny’s Cousin.

     

     

    and Ah Maintain , that they’re Baith , Wrang!

     

     

     

     

     

    and

     

     

    Danny, is No Neil’s Cousin, but he wid

     

    like tae be!

     

     

    Kojo

     

    yer pal.. who likes ye aloater

  7. The Prince of Goalkeepers says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 13:41

     

    hen1rik says:

     

     

    I believe I said that in my last post!

     

     

    I know m8 I’m smoking lol.

  8. celtic *o* lennon says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:38

     

     

    KevJungle – Put the Green Brigade into a new JUNGLE says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:33

     

     

    What is your problem with Gordon Strachan, seriously boring now.

     

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    My problem with WGS the player is that, he was an insufferable little runt!

     

     

    My problem with WGS the manager is that, he blew 4iar by dropping McGeady for the league decider at ipox and, brought in Shaun Maloney who hadn’t played all season ?

     

     

    All of the above brought on by the fact that, WGS suffers from Wee Man Syndrome! IMO!

     

     

    I will not say another word about him!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  9. Greensideup is also Neil Lennon says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:41

     

     

    I hope Neil starts his guilt trip on Sunday, three titles and doing well in Europe

     

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    What does Neil have to feel guilty about ?

  10. I’m sure i heard wee dawyll on clyde last night blurt oot that the ronjers agm would be on Dec 19???? I could of course have been hearing things as i did have a few glasses of tinto doon ma neck:)

     

    slainte

     

    tony

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DECLAN 1419

     

     

    You’re exceptionally good with the soundbites and buzz-words,you have them down to a FINE ART.

     

     

    Including,unbelievably,the spelling.

     

     

    The reason I make this admittedly pejorative remark,is that the rest of your post betrays your limitations in this particular sphere.

     

     

    To simplify things,have you been given a wee list of these buzz-words,etc,to throw in to the post to endorse your credentials? IN CAPITALS?

     

     

    And left to your own devices for the rest?

  12. kojo

     

    i dont read your stuff regularly….a scroll by regular

     

    i just think your planet ….is not my planet

     

    please orbit away from celtic

     

    and yes celtic quick news people……no need for his gummff

     

    hail hail

     

    ramienaemaregummffcsc

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    It must also stick in your craw, that Gordon Strachan is a Celtic legend and second most successful manager since the great Jock Stein, beating MON’s stats into third since Jock Stein.

     

    And you know something thats the bit I like best, watchig bitter men grtow more bitter :o)

     

    Mr Gordon Strachan Celtic legend

  14. Ramie

     

     

    So ye dinna read Ma Stuff?

     

     

    But..

     

     

    This Time.. Ye did..

     

     

    Hmmmmmmmm

     

     

    And

     

     

    You see fit tae Chastize Me..

     

     

    Efter Reading ..

     

     

    Jist

     

     

    Wan Solitary Submission, fae Me?

     

     

    My, of My..

     

     

    You are a Tough Audience,kiddo!

     

     

    Ye gie Me Wan Shot.. and

     

     

    Ye Shoot Me Doon!

     

     

    Ah dinnae Expect a Reply ,fae You..as

     

     

     

    Well..

     

     

    As

     

     

    Ye Say..

     

     

    Ye Dinnae Normally Read Ma Stuff.

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Laughin’

  15. Celtic_First says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:33

     

     

    But why do “just enough” at this point ?

     

     

    That “just enough” was Crosas, Maloney and Loovens and this was against the Kaunus splurge ? where we had won the league by the proverbial ball hair ?

     

     

    So what was the thinking there ? I tell you my take on it was that we knew what direction Rangers financially were heading and we hoped that they would survive it. In the meantime we would try and consolidate our financial position and see where we (the Old Firm) were at the end of it. They had came to teh conclusion that we had nothing to lose except for a few titles forays in Europe and a few million pound income. The alternative was too difficult for them to contemplate.

     

     

    Why turn our back not just on WGS and his achievements but on that extra income also ?

     

     

    Why accept the outrageous and obvious cheating that went on

     

     

    The fact that this was when HMRC started their case against the hun I suppose is a critical factor.

     

     

    I wonder what alternative future they are contemplating for us now …. that when all the idle speculation will crystalise and we will know for sure.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

     

    ActionsSpeakLouderThanWordsCSC

  16. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:53

     

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    How many of the 50k Celtic fans at the recent legends game chanted, the wee legends name ?

  17. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    kev mate i dont agree with you about wee strachan. i liked the wee man. told it as it is like i do. called people out no matter what others thought. he is a true celtic legned

  18. Ramie says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:50

     

     

    kojo

     

    i dont read your stuff regularly….a scroll by regular

     

    i just think your planet ….is not my planet

     

    please orbit away from celtic

     

    and yes celtic quick news people……no need for his gummff

     

    hail hail

     

    ramienaemaregummffcsc

     

     

     

     

    Uncharacteristic post from you.

     

     

    Are you particularly tired this afternoon/evening.

     

     

    Perhaps a wee lie down,

     

     

    NooffenceCSC.

  19. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    kojo,

     

    got to say, its a similar argument to your opinion on player, wan shot and their for sale.

  20. KevJungle – Put the Green Brigade into a new JUNGLE says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:48

     

     

    You said Gordon Strachan is still on a guilt trip, so if you call bringing success to our club a guilt trip then I hope Neil starts his on Sunday

     

     

    KevJungle – Put the Green Brigade into a new JUNGLE says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:33

     

    Greensideup is also Neil Lennon says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:30

     

     

    Gordon Strachan,

     

    Celtic Man and defender of the club, which is a lot more than I can say for some former players who had the privilege of wearing the hoops!

     

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    I would say WGS is still on a guilt trip!

  21. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:57

     

     

    kev mate i dont agree with you about wee strachan. i liked the wee man. told it as it is like i do. called people out no matter what others thought. he is a true celtic legned

     

    share

     

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    Did you chant the wee LEGEND’S name at the recent legends game ?

  22. My dear,dear,dear,friend… canamalar

     

     

    Sorry,pal.

     

     

    But ye hiv the wrang Statistics..

     

     

    Ah always gie a Player..

     

     

    THREE SHOTS.. and If there is NAE IMPROVEMENT..

     

     

    Sure..

     

     

    Ah wid Drap Him..

     

     

    Maks sense tae Me.

     

     

    Kojo

     

    yer pal..who likes ye aloater

  23. yup…thats about it….

     

    back the team….say your piece

     

    eats leaves and shoots

     

    laugh loud ….cause I laugh last

     

    ramie

  24. El Madrigal

     

     

    Scott Brown got injured playing for Celtic, more than once. As for your innuendo about perfect… ? Are you okay?

  25. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    kev..,

     

    dont know and dont care, was’nt there, you are in a tiny minority, and your bitterness is a joy to watch :o)

  26. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 15:02

     

     

    kevjungle – i cant mind, i was full of the eldorado

     

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    Hope you enjoyed it M8!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  27. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    KEV JUNGLE 1445

     

     

    Gotta be honest,buddy,you can occasionally be brone to a tad of hyperbole,if you don’t mind a first-time replier saying so.

     

     

    But on this one,you are wrong.

     

     

    YOU DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH.

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    KITALBA

     

     

    I was halfway up the Celtic end,right behind the goal.

     

     

    Couldnae POSSIBLY get a better position-great view,not too fat from the toilets-but I genuinely did not hold that event against him once I woke up the next morning.

     

     

    That was forgotten when he took over,and I equally genuinely looked forward to him taking charge-especially his first press conference.

     

     

    My problem with him is not as a player,but as a manager.

     

     

    And as a critic of Celtic fans.

  28. Kojo says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 14:27

     

     

    Kojo! I can assure you that Dannyis NOT related to our young Manager!

  29. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:

     

    2 December, 2011 at 15:04

     

     

    kev..,

     

    dont know and dont care, was’nt there, you are in a tiny minority, and your bitterness is a joy to watch :o)

     

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    Who’s bitter now ? :o)))

  30. Ramie there are some fools/racists/bigots posts on here I never read and I don’t give them name checks either. Glad you had a good day mate but for me it is time for bed.

  31. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. TomteThim

     

     

    Thanks Pal, fur the Nod.

     

     

    Sure..

     

     

    Ah mebbe no be everybuddy’s Cup o’ tea.

     

     

    But..

     

     

    Ah never ..

     

     

    Purposely, go oot o’ Ma wey..

     

     

    Tae Hurt a Guy;s Feelin’s

     

     

    Sure, Ah may. Inadvertantly, Hoit a Guys feelin’s

     

    oan here..’

     

     

    But Like Ah say

     

     

    Ah never go oota Ma wey

     

     

    Tae PURPOSE. Dae that.

     

     

    Wi’

     

     

    MALICE AFORETHOUGHT..

     

     

    Right?

     

     

    Right..

     

     

    Kojo

     

    yer pal.. who likes ye aloater

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