Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea calls for Rangers to be stripped of titles


Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has demanded that Rangers be stripped of their titles and cup honours won during the time that the Ibrox side used the EBT scheme.

O’Dea, who played for Celtic between 2006 and 2012 and won two SPL championship titles, one League Cup and a Scottish Cup, believes that Rangers’ honours should be struck from history by our game’s governing bodies.

He said: “At any club I have never questioned where the money I’m getting is coming from. I wouldn’t be keen to see them (the players) stripped of their medals, but as a club, the people that were in the wrong, yeah, I fully think if they are found guilty, they should be stripped of the medals.

“Truthfully, I wouldn’t want the medals, they wouldn’t really mean anything to me. But it’s not really what I want, what Celtic players want – it’s what’s right for football and sport in general.

“The case hasn’t been closed yet, but if they are found guilty there is no grey area. It is not what could have happened or what might have happened – if they are found guilty that is the end of the story, for me anyway.

“This ‘well, maybe these players would have signed’, for me it doesn’t matter. If you are found guilty you have to pay the consequences.

“I played against some very, very good Rangers players and it would be very disappointing for them. The only people they could blame are the people who ran Rangers at the time.”

Rangers liquidators BDO can still appeal to the Supreme Court over the Court of Session’s ruling last week, but BDO are yet to declare their stance on this.


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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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