What now from HMRC after New £9m tax delinquency


Contrary to our earlier understanding, Rangers did not win a ruling from the Court of Session on who was to be appointed administrator, HMRC and Rangers came to agreement on the appointment of Duff and Phelps, who acted for Whyte during his takeover of the club.

The admission by Duff and Phelps that today’s court action by HM Revenue and Customs was in connection to circa £9m unpaid tax accrued since the takeover in May last year will come as a surprise no one in the Celtic Quick News community.  This is why Rangers are now in administration, it’s nothing to do with the big tax case, or indeed, the wee tax case.

Key question is, what will HMRC do now?  They’re not going away/. Rangers continued to sign football players despite being delinquent with taxes, and briefed journalists that they rejected a £9m offer for a player on 31 August 2011.

The fact that the business is in administration due to activity carried out under Craig Whyte’s tenure may also interest the Insolvency Service, who are already investigating Whyte’s takeover of the club following information passed by former chairman, Alastair Johnston.

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  1. Bill Leckie Summer 1997:



    Not a bad week all round, really.


    Sunday, watched Scotland do the bizzo in Minsk. Chuffed to bits for Gaz McAz – can you believe it’s a year since Wembley? Me neither.


    Don’t want to speak too soon, but I’d say we can start thinking about France next summer thanks to our reserves showing so much bottle in Belarus.


    Once we get Hendry, Calderwood, Collins, McGinlay and the rest back we should be well on for turning them at home and then topping it off with a win over Latvia.


    But then I’m the bloke who stood on the terraces in Monte Carlo Monte Carlo confidently predicting that we’d score any minute.


    Sunday night, swam in the glorious warm waters of Brazil v Italy. Wonderful. You watch Zagalo’s team getting nearer and nearer the Class of 1970 and you just can’t wait to go down the park and practice your keepy-uppy.


    They should have played extra-time, a day and a half of it, then next goal’s the winner, but headers and fancies only. One to watch over and over, if you hadn’t been a plank and forgotten to set the vid.


    Still, there was always another day and that day was Tuesday. Went and bought a 1970 Brazil No.10 shirt for the occasion, then remembered – tsk, tsk, silly old me – that I was going to watch the game in a boozer full of E**lishmen.


    Honestly, I’d forget my head if the knuckle-scrapers didn’t want to kick it off for me. Shouted a lot that night, mainly things like “Ole” and “Oh no, looks like a goal by Romario”. All good clean fun.


    One nifty bit of marker pen artwork later, “10” became “1-0” and by the time I explained my theory that, just as Rik in the Young Ones was spelled with a silent P, Paul Ince’s surname actually had a silent M, it was turning into an evening to remember.


    And then there was Thursday and the news that the finest player I have ever seen in Scottish football wasn’t doing a runner after all.


    All I can say is, massive respect is due to Rangers – and Muz in particular – for keeping Brian Laudrup in the game.


    And before all you Celtic fans – including the one standing over me with a rolling pin as I write this – start giving it the there-ye-go-ah-always- knew-he-was-wanna-them paranoia, remember one thing.


    Rangers also beat you when Laudrup WASN’T playing.


    This time last week I was all set to write a piece on how they had finally, eventually, taken the leap forward they’ve threatened for so long; but then the news broke that their greatest asset was leaving.


    Suddenly all the summer’s advances – the arrival of a foreign coach, the signing of Thern and two top-drawer defenders, the Defenders lost their sheen.


    You wondered just what a downer there would be on the day their Great Dane went walkies for good.


    A couple of seasons ago, last summer even, you wouldn’t have bet tuppence on Muz being able to talk the boy round. But something has happened at Ibrox, something you can’t put your finger on, which seems to have propelled them into a different orbit.


    And so, as Ajax sat back waiting with a spacecake and an Oranjeboom and Fergie came out gloating that the player was his, Muz quietly got down to the business of making Laudrup stay.


    Were I a Celtic man, I would be so afraid. No manager, no sign of a manager, two biggest names threatening to do a bunk, no sign of new blood, season ticket holders in a major huff.


    Call me picky, but things do not look good. And hell mend them.


    I cannot believe how quickly and how far Fergus McCann has allowed things to slip, especially after Tommy Burns took them so close.


    It is easy to say now that Burns was a failure, but what is nearer to the truth is that he was a very good manager with the wrong club.


    The closer he got to toppling Rangers, the more his emotional attachment to Celtic overtook the rational thinking his job required.


    Others would disagree, but I reckon Burns will go on to be a huge success elsewhere, starting in King Kenny’s bootroom at the Toon.


    What is not up for argument, though, is that Celtic are in a far worse state without him than they were with him. Rangers are leaving them further and further behind with every passing day and there is no white smoke from the Parkhead chimney to signal a comeback.


    The Ibrox men are, I reckon, one more signing away from finally leaving their greatest rivals – and, therefore, the rest of us – so far behind them they will be no more than a dancing dot on the horizon.


    Who is that signing? I’d go for Batistuta – though Muz says no – but whoever they end up with he will be big time and he will be here soon.


    It’s enough to make any Celtic fan hide behind the couch. Sorry? Oh, you already are …

  2. bournesouprecipe on

    Rangers fans crying outside the stadium, the last time that happened was when they signed Maurice Johnston?

  3. Paul, I heard HMRC wanted them in admin as a counter to Whyte’s plans. If HMRC force them into admin does this mean they can become a preferred creditor? Hope so… they should be given no escape from paying their dues.

  4. HECTOR - Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. on




    Are you attempting to get a world record number of articles in 1 day.



    Haud oan and I’ll gee Norris a call just in case… Oh wait a minute!






    PS. What is the highest number of articles youve put up in a 24 hour period?

  5. \o/ Coming at you!! at 19:37


    News about Hooper going to Sankt Petersburg was made up story. No clues on Russian websites.

  6. Bring Me The Heid of Thunder Crap Reid on

    Huns on Clyde redefining the phrase ‘ clutching at straws ‘.



    Thank you, God.

  7. Celtic Champs Elect on

    lets just celebrate a great day for the mighty green and white machine on a nice bottle of opus 1 i was keeping for my sons confirmation

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Goodbye cruel world, I’m leaving you today. Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye.



    Goodbye, all you peeple, There’s nothing you can say To make me change my mind. Goodbye.




  9. Is there any possibility of an interview with


    wiggy smith?


    That would just top my day.


    Man’s at ragers for all the help with sfa ,blatantly



  10. Yes Murray and Whyte to blame but lets not forget fat sally in all this. They have had to steal £9m in taxes to keep the club going because he managed to get knocked out of 4 cups in the first six months of his tenure.

  11. Bring Me The Heid of Thunder Crap Reid on

    Best Valentine’s Day EVER !



    HEARTbreak for huns.



    Aw, poor wee shame.


    Zbyszek says:


    14 February, 2012 at 19:47






    I never doubted that this was a spoof. Just the ubiquitous lazy journalism being manifested by the LL yet again .



    Listen to the (Lisbon) Lion, my son, on CQN!

  13. roses are red, shamrocks are green


    this morningn was 4 and now its fourteen


    crosas on twitter

  14. bournesouprecipe on




    Good thread.



    STV reported yesterday that the administration was nothing to do with HMRC (Big Tax Case) and had a quote from an HMRC spokesman.



    This gets better by the day.

  15. How can you not pay tax for 9 months and not be in jail?


    Or have I been in America too long?

  16. As if things couldn’t get better, lennie’s got a motivator made in heaven for the squad – they’re saying you’re winning only because of the points deduction.

  17. \o/ Coming at you!! on

    Zbyszek says:


    14 February, 2012 at 19:47



    No chance of it happening – just think it would be funny!

  18. I think there must be nitrous oxide seeping out of my laptop tonight because I just can’t stop giggling.

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