SPL dominoes might all fancy ditching HMRC debt


It’s difficult not to associate Hearts’ owner, Vladimir Romanov’s outburst on their club website yesterday with the current issue over Rangers finances, which could soon see the SPL, the SFA and the media take sides between Rangers and their creditors, in particular HM Revenue and Customs.

Romanov’s rant on the demise of the Scottish game was ignorable until he dragged in the “tax authorities” for blame.  As you and I know, the tax authorities don’t play favourites, they collect vat, income, corporation and other taxes in line with the law.

Hearts failed to pay player wages last month and Romanov now says, “there is no point is spending millions to watch someone else’s show”.  Most of Hearts debt is owed to Romanov’s own bank but if player wages are unpaid there is a good chance HMRC will also be outstanding, explaining the “tax authorities” reference.

If a new football club playing at Ibrox is ushered into the SPL with a points tally calculated from the position of a defunct Rangers you can expect a gold-rush of clubs ready to flush their debts to the country, and history, away.

Well done to STV who yesterday revealed the actual decision making process which would be put in place to judge an application to join the league midseason or at any other time.  The SPL board, by simple majority, have the decision, while the SFA need to ratify membership.

If the SPL board vote to reward bad debtors’ shares in their league what incentive would most clubs have to pay their bills?  Fortunately, our history is more valuable than any amount of cash.

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  1. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Could this be our chance to break free from the SPHell and ply our trade somewhere less tainted I wonder?

  2. philvisreturns says:


    2 November, 2011 at 13:13



    philvis, TBB was right ,you are a podium junkie.

  3. Paul is there any precedent for the newco option? Didnt something similar happen to Fiorentina a few years ago?

  4. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    If you support HMRC clap your hands!


    If you support HMRC clap your hands! ”


    If you support HMRC


    Support HMRC


    Support HMRC clap your hands!




  5. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again



    Romanov might be on the nose to some but he’s no mug.



    He’s more than aware of the politics at play in Scottish Football. If the Huns are going to get a get out of jail card he just might be looking for one too.



    We live in interesting times.

  6. I know I shouldn’t get drawn in here but ….feck it…



    Kevin says…… “Wim resigned on a point of principle”……



    Did he?



    Wim was asked by Fergus and Jock Brown to provide an input to the financial plan. That input was to be the football budget for player acquisitions in the coming year. Wim refused!



    When a figure was calculated on his behalf and presented to him for his comments on whether it was reasonable or not, Wim resigned stating that he was being dictated to. Wim effectively manufactured his own exit.



    All of this is in the public domain.



    Now what was that point of principle?



    The papers twisted the story along the lines that you state and lo and behold ‘you took the worm and gobbled it up like a starving wee fushy wishy’.



    Misinformation is bad enough but disinformation is deceitful and disingenuous, especially when it is combined with the ritual slaughter of proper ‘comma use’!



    Hail Hail



    Estadio (who now withdraws again into his world of fantasy and weird goings on at the bottom of the garden – or possibly drink and other substances that have saved me from a life of wealth, health and misery)

  7. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Ceaser 67



    I think he probably needs game time, so second half for him on Thursday when we’re 2-0 up.

  8. Paul67



    Why would anyone in the future want to sponsor a league of bad debtors and tax dodgers?



    Interested to know your thoughts on the Mjalllby quote. Management team have decided to walk if they do not win next two games or board have informed them their jobs depend on it? HH

  9. ASonOfDan – Why would anyone in the future want to sponsor a league of bad debtors and tax dodgers?



    And who would ever extend them a line of credit in future? (thumbsup)

  10. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I heard a rumour today.



    Dearie me!



    What is the world coming too?



    Well, if it’s true, that is.

  11. Snake Plissken says:


    2 November, 2011 at 13:15




    You say that Dr Jo arrived at a, difficult time and little wonder after Fergus’s 3 month global search for a manager that he could bully!

  12. celtic *o* lennon on

    From previous thread:



    Slan_Abhaile……..BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE says:


    2 November, 2011 at 09:17



    No one can deny that this week is a make or break week for Neil Lennon. Regardless of the result though I believe we have enough evidence to give reasonable grounds to look around for a new coach.


    1) An abject failure to turn around team tactics after having at least 45 minutes of a first half for even a blind drunk to see what was wrong. Our beating at Ibrox when we shamefully let 4 goals past us is the case in point.


    2) The most bizarre substitutions and panic manoeuvres making the reshufflings of the deckchairs on the Titanic look like a spirited and material attempt at averting disaster.


    3) Publicly slating players for results that are down to his incompetence.


    4) Splits in the dressing room, probably and largely in part to the last point.


    5) Being 12 points behind in the league.


    6) Being third in the league.


    7) Cosying up to the Owner and the PLC in defending CRAP financial policy.


    8) Losing the rag and being hyper aggressive in front of the cameras.


    9) Buying dud after dud in the transfer market.


    10) Not playing Chris Commons.


    This is of no doubt an unpopular list of things to list about our incumbent, nevertheless it needs to be said and said again.


    Those are the facts.


    Points 5 + 6 should be enough for anyone to go.




    Slan_Abhaile can you and the multitude of others who spout the above just stick to using 5+6 as the reason for Neil and backroom staff to go (and yes I believe its time for all of them to go). I don’t see why people constantly need to throw rumour and abuse at the management team when asking for their removal. What is your agenda with the rest of the stuff? 5+6 are as you have said enough reason to get the sack so lets keep the abuse and personal stuff out of it can we!

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