EBTs “Gave us the opportunity to get players we otherwise couldn’t afford.”
With those words in the Glasgow High Court witness box yesterday, Sir David Murray laid bare the sporting advantage question of Rangers EBTs. EBTs gave Rangers a sporting advantage. If the loans were illegally executed, the club gained an illegal sporting advantage.
At the time of the Lord Nimmo Smith Commission the payments were regarded as legal, the Commission therefore ruled that no illegal sporting advantage was gained, as any other club could have acted in the same manner. The Supreme Court will have the final say on the legality later this year.
You and I know better than to hazard a guess as to which way that decision will go, but it will be worth tuning in for.
That aside, former vice-chairman of Rangers, Donald Findlay, representing former chairman of Rangers, Craig Whyte, appeared to enjoy questioning Sir David, another former chairman of Rangers, more than old Zsa Zsa in the witness box enjoyed being questioned.
Win a chance to play on Celtic Park this Monday, 1 May 2017
I expect the number of us who have pulled on a Celtic shirt and played at Celtic Park will be very few, but………
There is a club sponsors’ game on the hallowed turf this Monday, 1 May 2017, and those incredible people at Intelligent Car Leasing have given me one of their places in the line-up.
We have an ebay auction here for the spot, benefiting your very own Celtic FC Foundation. It was launched a few moments ago and ends tomorrow around noon, so the number of bidders will be limited.
You will enjoy the whole playing at Celtic Park experience, just as Quinn, McGrory, Johnstone, McNeill, Dalglish and Larsson did before you. You will make fantastic memories, you’ll bore your friends with the photos for months. You will look back on this when you account for the great moments in your life.
Celtic kit will be provided, although you’ll need to bring your own boots and shin guards.
Opportunities like this come along when the pitch is about to be replaced, and that happen only twice in the previous 20 years.
This is a 24 hour listing and the clock is ticking. Bid for yourself, or for someone special.