Football debts and non-football debts are often dealt with differently by club administrators. Un-secured creditors generally have to wait in line but a football club has a different mechanism to regain lost income.
Rangers FC PLC (in administration), as the excellent Paul McConville informed us the club should legally now be referred to, owe money to Dundee United for the recent Scottish Cup game, Hearts for the transfer of Lee Wallace and Dunfermline for tickets for last Saturday’s league game. All three clubs have recourse to the SPL and SFA if the administrator hangs them out to dry, but they will not be the most pressing concerns for Rangers FC PLC (in administration).
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are due money for tickets provided to Rangers FC PLC (in administration) for their match at Inverness later this month. Rangers FC PLC (in administration) have sold tickets for this match and will, presumably, continue to do so, however, the administrator will have to decide on a course of action:
Pay Inverness or withhold the money for other purposes and ask the club to admit their fans without payment.
In this instance, other purposes would be: payment of their administration fees, payment of other creditors, payment of footballers to face Inverness.
How Rangers FC PLC (in administration) deal with Inverness will be an early concern, but our old friends Rapid Vienna, who are due the final payment of the Nikica Jelavic transfer, will complicate matters further down the line. Their recourse will be to Fifa, who ensure transfer fees are paid, without reference to administration or even a prepack liquidation.
The concerns Celtic Quick News first raised in October about a prepack fait accompli being offered to the SPL now feels less threatening.
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