We’ve all heard the radio ads, “If you’re aged between 50 and 75 and suffer from memory loss…..”.
There’s obviously a market for products that can help with such things, and after the evidence given by them at the Craig Whyte fraud trial, David Murray, Walter Smith and Ally McCoist seem to be prime prospects.
On countless occasions during the trial at Glasgow’s High Court, the three amigos have utter the very same words, ‘I don’t recall‘ followed by attending that meeting, reading that email or a conversation that’s taken place.
Sometimes a combination of all three!
This handy phrase seems to have been used when defence QC Donald Findlay has asked a very pertinent or awkward question of the witnesses.
And on every occasion, when the witness has tried to wriggle out of an answer, good old lamp chops provides a hard copy of evidence, along with a stern reminder of who’s boss in the court. He’s playing a blinder.
As the case goes on, it’s clear the business dealings of Rangers (IL) particularly from 2009, was an absolute shambles.
With still a long time and a lot of evidence yet to be presented, one thing’s for sure, the memory loss business will be booming come the end of the trial…
And get away with it.
This week the Craig Whyte fraud trial has brought back into focus the Biggest Scandal in British Sporting History.
While the case itself is to determine if ‘Motherwell Billionaire’ Whyte gained ownership of Rangers Football Club (IL) fraudulently, the evidence from witnesses Walter Smith, Ally McCoist, Donald McIntyre and David Murray has given us an insight into the workings at Ibrox.
Although all the witnesses at one time or another have claimed to had lapses in memory, defence QC Donald Findlay has managed to jog their respective memories with some hard evidence. In the form of emails, phone call transcripts and texts.
Snippets include the admission by Walter Smith that he was ‘sacked twice’ even though Dignity FC claim never to sack their managers. The loyal cardigan also told the court he didn’t know the mechanisms of running a football club, yet still blamed the bank for the club’s demise.
Super salary’s evidence was, well pretty farcical to say the least. A bit like his managerial career.
However, things really started to hot up when former Finance Director Donald McIntyre took the stand.
Now we all know about the two tax cases, the Wee One and the Big One. To distinguish the two, the first was the Discounted Option Scheme (DOS) operated by Rangers (IL), the second was the Employee Benefit Scheme (EBT’s).
BOTH involved dual contracts or ‘side letters’ as they are known, therefore EVERY player in receipt of either DOS or EBT would be illegally registered. The consequence, as Legia Warsaw found out for this offence is the result of EVERY game where the illegally registered players participated now shows a 0-3 result.
Other clubs in Scotland have suffered this punishment, before and after Rangers (IL) decided to choose to bypass the football rules in this country.
David Murray and Rangers (IL), knew the punishments, but still admitted liability in the Wee tax case. Donald McIntyre said so, in a court of law.
So, I’d like know, what made David Murray and Rangers (IL) think they could cheat the rest of Scottish Football and get away with it?
Might be a question Donald Findlay could ask….
*we’ve only scratched the surface here, there’s plenty more to come from this court case. Keep looking in…
Celtic development team, the under 20’s lifted the Youth Cup for the third season in a row tonight, after thumping Sevco 3-0 at Hampden Park.
Goals from captain Sam Wardrop, Calvin Miller and left back Aiden McIlduff, meant there would be green and white ribbons on the cup for the fifteenth time.
The victory was all the sweeter when you consider this bunch of players are the best produced by the Ibrox side in 20 years, according to their chairman Dave King.
It was also Celtic’s third win in a week against a team from Govan.
Last Thursday night, our under 17’s, with a couple of players included tonight, secured a 2-1 win at Firhill in the Glasgow Cup final, the goals coming from Liam Henderson’s young brother Ewan, and young Jack Aitchison,
The win, was the Hoops fourth success in a row.
Completing the hat-trick of wins was Sunday’s 2-0 stroll in the park, in the Scottish Cup semi-final by Brendan Rodgers men.
When the gaffer arrived at Celtic Park in May, he told the faithful his immediate aim was to continue our domestic domination.
Eleven months on and the club ARE dominating, not only at first team level, but also at the levels below.
It’s not only Glasgow that’s green and white….it’s Scotland!
It’s the stuff of dreams. Former Rangers (IL) vice-chairman Donald Findlay, defending former club owner Craig Whyte in a Scottish court, over the proposed fraudulent takeover of the now liquidated club.
Findlay will know all about the people he’s putting in the dock, having served on the Ibrox board until 1999, when he was unceremoniously forced to resign after being caught on camera singing The Sash.
The bold Donald does have a history of an anti-Catholic rhetoric, along with his vocal disappointment at being born on March 17th, St Partick’s Day!
He is however, regarded as one of the best QC’s in the country, with an ‘inside knowledge’ of the workings at the Govan club.
Having already put the loyal cardigan Walter Smith and his former jovial sidekick, Ally ‘who are these people’ McCoist on the stand, Findlay is just getting warmed up. A web of lies has already unraveled, with more to come no doubt.
To emphasise the point, Findlay told the court, “this is not a public inquiry, it is a trial”, clearly referring the withholding of information that took place in the sham Lord Nimmo Smith inquiry.
As the day proceeded, the cross examination of former finance director Donald McIntyre revealed all sorts of information, that had previously been hidden from public consumption or overlooked by various parties that had something to hide.
In particular, a letter dated 26th November 2010 confirming Rangers (IL) accepted liability for the £2.238m due to HMRC for the Discounted Option Scheme operated by the club, for payments to Ronald De Boer, Craig Moore and Tore Andre Flo. McIntyre confirmed a ‘side letter’ was used.
This Bhoys and Ghirls is only the tip of the iceberg.
So far the case has brought us more questions than answers. Certainly where David Murray, Campbell Ogilvie and the part played by Stewart Regan of the SFA is concerned.
I’d stock up on jelly, ice cream, popcorn and whatever else takes your fancy, because this is dynamite.
*Credit to @jamesdoleman for his excellent court coverage.