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‘Dual contracts’ Rangers probe delayed unitl 2013

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST: A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Picture by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST: A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Picture by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A PROBE into Rangers’ alleged use of dual contracts has been pushed back until 2013.

• Commission set up to investigate whether Rangers players were paid via EBT scheme delayed until 2013

• Club may be stripped of titles if found guilty by SPL-established commission

An independent commission established by the SPL to investigate whether auxillary contracts were used as part of the EBT scheme to pay players has been delayed until January or February.

The news follows yesterday’s ruling by the First Tier Tax Tribunal that the majority of EBTs paid to players were not subject to tax deductions.

If the club is found guilty of wrongdoing, then it may be stripped of titles won between 2001-2010.

Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnstone yesterday called for talk of stripping Rangers’ titles away from them to end, claiming that Rangers’ only fault was not to provide information on the EBT scheme.

“If indeed there was any culpability it would have been not furnishing the information pertaining to any alleged second contract.

“What this decision does is totally remove any obligation the club would have had to submit this information to the SFA or the SPL, because they would not have been considered contracts for participation in football.

“The whole concept of of Rangers being stripped of titles should go away - and go away quickly.”

 

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