Rangers chief executive Charles Green slams SPL and SFA

The Gers chief has criticised the Scottish football authorities following findings disclosed in Lord Nimmo Smith's report regarding the clubs' Employee Benefit Trust payments
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has renewed his verbal criticism of both the SFA and SPL.

Green’s attack came following information released by a Lord Nimmo Smith-led commission investigating alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players.

The 59-year-old believes the high court judge's report suggests that the Newco Rangers which purchased the business and assets of the eventually liquidated club may not have needed to re-apply for SPL membership, of which they were denied by the league’s member clubs.

He told reporters: "Lord Nimmo Smith has said that Rangers FC is a recognisable entity which continued in existence notwithstanding the change in ownership.

"He also stated that Rangers FC, the club, includes its owner and operator. The commission has in effect ruled that Rangers and its history did not die on June 14 despite numerous reports to the contrary.

"This means that Rangers FC and its owner, i.e. me and my consortium, remained a member of the SPL even after the change of ownership.
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"The bemusing part is that no-one at the SPL or SFA appeared to realise that. The SPL made the club (including its owner and operator) reapply to be a member of a league that the commission says it was in already."

Green was also highly critical of the SFA for transferring membership to his company just days before the season began in July and placing pressure on it to accept culpability in relation to Employment Benefit Trust wrong-doings.

"That recognisable entity, Rangers FC, then re-appeared suddenly when the SFA demanded that we pay oldco's debts despite there being no legal obligation to do so.

"The SPL then wanted Rangers FC and its new owners to admit guilt in relation to EBT breaches that had never been framed and accept five stripped titles.

"Rangers FC suddenly vanished again when UEFA informed the SFA that Rangers FC were due in excess of 300,000 Euros for player participation in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

“The SFA have refused to confirm that the monies are due to Rangers FC despite obligations placed on them from UEFA that these monies should be distributed to member clubs."

He added, "The establishment of the commission is the most striking example of the chaotic way the fate of Rangers has been handled by the football authorities.

"We believe that most people would not think it right that a football authority that was willing to horse-trade league titles and cups for league status should then embark on the course of action it has chosen in setting up a commission.

"There is no clearer case of moving the goalposts."