Rangers see Sheriff Officers walk through the main doors at Ibrox


Sheriff Officers acting on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs visited Ibrox Park this morning as part of a tax dispute. The officers served papers as part of the process of payment.

According to the BBC, Rangers face a bill of around £2.8 million which the Ibrox club are willing to pay but the club were disputing a fine that was imposed on it of around £1.4 million.

News of the Sheriff Officers visiting Ibrox was exclusively broken on the 8th August by Irish-based journalist Phil MacGiolla Bhain.

According to MacGiolla Bhain, the officers initially entered through the main door, but were then shown to Argyle House, spending ten minutes inside before leaving.

Rangers, however, were seething at the apparent leak from HMRC at the latest goings-on in relation to one of Rangers’ tax issue.

A Rangers spokesman said: “RFC has been in detailed discussions with HMRC over a tax liability that was revealed during due diligence prior to the takeover of the club by a new majority shareholder earlier this year.

“That liability was the subject of widespread publicity at the time of the publication of the club’s annual report. This is a historical issue which the new Rangers FC majority shareholder inherited and has dealt with diligently. Meetings have been held with representatives from HMRC this week and are ongoing and we have reached outline agreement with HMRC.

“Discussions today dealt with formalities of progressing the matter further. We are utterly dismayed that there are people who have been involved in this process who think it right to conduct normally confidential business discussions in public. They clearly would not do that with other businesses but think it all right with Rangers.”

Source: Phil MacGiolla Bhain | BBC Football


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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