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Disgraced former Rangers owner Craig Whyte bailed

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Disgraced former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been bailed after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday afternoon charged with fraud over his purchase of the Ibrox side in 2011.

The 43-year-old had been detained by authorities in Mexico as he tried to enter the country, before being flown to Heathrow where he was arrested by officers from Police Scotland on Thursday afternoon.

After spending a night in the cells, Whyte appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday afternoon for a 45 minute hearing to face charges levied against him.

The Motherwell-born businessman, who was seen as a ‘saviour’ by Rangers fans at the time of his takeover, was charged with involvement in a fraudulent scheme under the Companies Act 2006.

Making no plea or declaration, Whyte was granted bail with a number of conditions attached, including surrendering his passport.

As he left the court protected by a ring of Police Officers, an angry mob of Rangers fans surrounded their club’s former owner with abuse and threats aimed at him.

Video footage from mainstream media outlets may have been muted, but one video shot by Sons of Struth co-founder Craig Houston captured the hate-filled venom not only from Houston himself, but also his fellow Rangers supporters, aimed at Whyte.

Houston, who is the go-to-guy for some media outlets looking for Rangers fan reaction, was clearly heard screaming ‘F**king scumbag’ on several occasions along with ‘You won’t sleep safe anywhere’. Others shouted ‘Your day will come’ as Whyte was escorted to a waiting car before leaving the scene.

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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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