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A group of Westminster MPs are set to accommodate administrators Rangers FC PLC in London tomorrow in the hope of using whatever influence they have to pull a deal together.  Political interference in distressed companies is not uncommon but on this occasion the risks of collateral damage are enormous.

Fifa strictly prohibits political interference in football matters and has banned national teams and their representative clubs from international competition for matters as trivial as politically motivated appointments, never mind overt political lobbying on behalf of a football club in tax delinquency.

Prime Minister, David Cameron, commented on Rangers situation last week, although unlike Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, he limited himself to a neutral comment, however, I hear that Treasury officials have already been lobbied to exert pressure on HM Revenue and Customs to agree to whatever necessary to prevent Rangers from suffering the consequences of not paying tax.

Ironically, it’s Celtic and the Scotland national team who are set to suffer.  Craig Levein hopes to take his Scotland team into the World Cup qualifying tournament in September while Neil Lennon will hope to give his Celtic team a chance to qualify for the Champions League.  Fifa would be delighted to take the British government and football associations down a notch or two after the accusations of bribery at the international body emanating from England when their bid to host the World Cup perished.

Duff and Phelps have nothing to lose from meeting the MPs but with so much at stake for Scotland, Celtic and our other European entrants next season, the Scottish and London politicians must rein-in their over political interference and the SFA must get off their backsides and remind everyone of Fifa rules.

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  1. There is a thread on hunmedia titled “do EPL Teams get more money than us?”

     

    And they wonder why they’re in such trouble. I think Kraig Wite posted it.

  2. Paul67

     

     

    Their incompetency and allegiances aside, why do you think the SFA haven’t already done so?

     

     

    Apologies if I’ve answered my own question.

  3. Paul 67

     

    Is John Reid aware of this and perhaps he can have a word with those who are interfering

  4. I’ve been in Edinburgh all day today, only caught Our Hero’s statement. If he’s not careful they’re going to figure out what he’s up to.

     

     

    Have I missed anything else?

  5. Paul67

     

    Do we know who the miscreant MPs are? Hopefully UEFA will be kept fully apprised of the meeting and the political pressure that is, seemingly, being applied in order to aid Rangers FC.

     

     

    Name the scoundrels; i would include shame them but they obvioulsy have no idea of the concept of dishonour.

  6. Not being au fait with the machinations of the business community can anyone tell me if it is common practice for administrators to:

     

     

    (a) be appointed by the company that is in distress

     

    (b) be attached to companies which had previously acted in advisory capacities for the distressed company

     

    (c) make representation to politicians on behalf of the distressed company they are representing in trying to have tax bills manipulated in some way?

     

     

    And also is it possible for the SFA as a result of concerns over possible punishments from UEFA/ FIFA to make a pre-emptive strike here and punish rangers for lobbying for political interference or to at the very least report rangers to UEFA/ FIFA for consorting with elected politicians in order to minimise the damage that rangers administrators maverick actions and those of various mouthpieces in the political establishment are causing?

     

     

    Finally, having written to Platini and Reagan should I be expecting a reply? Will I have to press them for one? This situation alarms me.

  7. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Paul, is there a Commons Select Committee involved or is it just some kind of ad hoc grouping? Just thinking, if Scottish journalists were involved would that be an Odd Hack committee?

  8. What statement has ‘Our Hero’ made today?

     

     

    Everything is OK? We have the HMRC on the run and are not far from total victory. We are also confident of getting not only our 10 points back but also getting Celtic deducted 10 because of their sectarian jelly and ice cream chanting? That sort of thing?

  9. RobertTressell says:

     

    21 February, 2012 at 20:46

     

     

    is it possible for the SFA as a result of concerns over possible punishments from UEFA/ FIFA to make a pre-emptive strike here and punish rangers for lobbying for political interference or to at the very least report rangers to UEFA/ FIFA for consorting with elected politicians in order to minimise the damage that rangers administrators maverick actions and those of various mouthpieces in the political establishment are causing?

     

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    Wishful thinking Mo Chara, the SFA report Rangers- “yer avin’ a laugh”

  10. row z \o/ (O) whatever part of my club is dependent on rangers I am willing to lose! on

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss!

     

     

    Rangers podium for me……… that is, the very last official post on the previous thread before new article posted!

     

     

    HH

  11. Paul67

     

     

    It’s looking like if they are to burn, they will have no quams about bringing us down as well.

     

     

    I remember you saying many months ago it would get dirty, well it looks like it’s just been cranked up another notch.

     

     

    Beware the brotherhood, they have powers that would terrify the ordinary man.

  12. Napoli beating the London huns 2-1 at h/time.

     

    The only time I get to enjoy that competition is when all the English teams are out of it.

     

    Can’t wait for the fallout if the L.huns and Arsenal get papped out before the quarter finals.

     

     

    SPF

  13. If these MPs are supporters of the bankrupt sou side mob, I can’t see them being persuaded from interfering. They will probably see it as a way of punishing us and Scotland for daring to question their dignity and integrity.

  14. Paul67

     

     

    Have you ever thought of becoming an MP!!!??? Great posts over the past week. Keep up the good work sir

     

     

    Pablo

  15. Dead and Loving it on

    Paul 67

     

     

    do you have a list of the MP’s involved

     

     

    we could then email them and register our thoughts on what they are trying to do

     

     

    never has so few jobs got so many moving

  16. One thing about the state of the Celtic team at the moment is that it is a team. There are times when I find it hard to choose a man of the match and reading on here it seems there are always fans with different views. This is actually quite important as we now no longer rely on one or two players. Neil could rest a couple of players from Sunday without the team suffering unduly. We may not have a Lubo or Henrik but we do have a very good team.

  17. Magnificentseven on

    RobertTressell says:

     

     

    21 February, 2012 at 20:48

     

     

    What statement has ‘Our Hero’ made today?

     

     

     

    I think it is the one along the lines of……….I’ve got my money catch you later suckers :-)

  18. Paul67

     

     

    Really surprised at your comments – don’t you realise it’s all for the greater good of Scottish football and to preserve the fabric (whatever that may be) of Scottish life?

     

     

    They survive – the rest of us get chucked out of international competition. That must be o.k. – or do you have another perspective (disruptive element that you are)?

     

     

    Keep it coming

     

     

    Cheers

     

     

    Alex

  19. PABLO68 says:

     

    21 February, 2012 at 20:50

     

    Paul67

     

     

    Have you ever thought of becoming an MP!!!??? Great posts over the past week. Keep up the good work sir

     

     

    Pablo

     

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    Are you suggesting he gives up a life of honesty and integrity?

  20. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    Another great and enlightening article Paul.

     

     

    I dont profess to being totally up to date with politics, but surely these MP’s have a greater obligation to their taxpaying constituents than they do to trying to save rankers.

     

     

    PC67

  21. you really could hear the pain in the voices of the manky mob on Snyde tonight.

     

     

    makes you wonder what could be lying ahead when we visit hundome to take our trophy back?

     

     

    HH

  22. setting free the bears says:

     

    21 February, 2012 at 20:51

     

    They don’t do Walking Away

     

     

    But they do do

     

     

    hiding behind the sofa

     

    the cheque’s in the post scam

     

    Ma dug ate the cheque

     

    Paying back £1 a week for the next 140 years

     

     

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    I knew this whole rangers situation reminded me of something. It’s been nagging away at me for a few weeks now. It all felt very familiar:

     

     

    it’s just a bigger version of how i tried to deal with the banks in my student days!!! In the end I found out you have to pay every penny with interest or your life is going to get very difficult.

     

     

    I only hope the outcome is the same for der Hun

  23. Oglach, I don’t have but I believe it’s the formal Westminster Rangers Supporters group.

     

     

    RobertTressell, it is common for companies to appoint administrators when they realise they cannot pay their creditors. It is also common for administrators to have a previous connection to the company or directors.

     

     

    Celtic Mac, it’s not a Select Committee, thank goodness.

     

     

    EXILED TIM, aye, it will be a lot dirtier before it’s finished.

     

     

    Pablo, ha! No. Thanks.

     

     

    AAFG, aye, I need to learn!

  24. Paul67,

     

     

    I think we all knew as soon as Salmond opened his mouth their contacts in the lodge would be pulling strings left right and centre so to speak to ensure they will always be around. I really hope FIFA do threaten with expulsion or sanction. I cant see the SFA allowing one club’s links to the political elite and called in favours to dictate a whole country’s football participation in international competitions. It may be the only thing that would get these people to act. On a brighter note, if in the future we ever dont pay our taxes for a decade at least a precedent will have been set and we know we’ll never go out of business :/

     

     

    HH

  25. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    a group of men who know their way round an expenses claim to meet a group representing tax cheats!

     

    what for? Tips?

  26. As The Exiled Tim continues to repeat – The Black Hand Gang will do all in their considerable power to save the huns.

     

     

    And on this occasion I truly believe they will fail.

     

     

    I reckon Celtic have much ammunition in hand. Enough to bury THEM.

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