The emotive question of stripping Rangers (IL) of illegally gained silverware throughout their cheating years, was always fraught with the need for proof.
While they openly admitted to the liability of the ‘wee tax case’ and the use of side letters, which in itself should be enough for the titles and trophies to go, there seemed to be insufficient concrete evidence as to their part in the rule breaking.
This week and not for the first time, the Craig Whyte trial has exposed the level of corruption and cheating that took place at Ibrox these last few years. We’ve already had the chief culprit David Murray, brazenly boast they had to use EBT’s to buy ‘players they otherwise couldn’t afford‘, as he stuck two fingers up to the rest of Scottish football.
And yesterday, Michael McGill, former chief finance officer of Murray Group, admitted under cross examination from Donald Findlay QC, the ‘wee tax case’ became ‘chrystalised’ on 17th March 2011, a fortnight before the cut-off date of the 31st March 2011, to qualify for a UEFA licence for participation in the following season’s Champions League.
McGill says the case had only recently went from a potential liability and had not “crystallised” until recently
Dated 17 March 2011
— James Doleman (@jamesdoleman) May 9, 2017
This meant whoever contacted the SFA to tell them they had no outstanding tax issues clearly lied. It also doesn’t say much about the SFA either, they must have took whoever submitted the application at face value. How nice of them?
Ultimately, Celtic and Kilmarnock who were second and fifth in the league lost out considerably, not only in finance but European co-efficiency.
Although this is only the tip of the iceberg, there is enough evidence for every club to stand up and take action. If nothing is done about this systematic, couldn’t care less about the rest of the game cheating, then what’s to say it won’t happen again?
There must be justice for the clubs who keep their house in order, and play by the rules.
Time will tell how the legal system deals with the corporate cheating, in the meantime we must keep our eye on the ball and make sure the trophy haul gathered by Murray & Co’s deliberate cheating is rescinded.
If they can do it in other sports, they can do it in ours. Now.