The costs of the Rangers crisis continue to soar; Ibrox directors hold showdown talks in London; plus Terry Butcher’s future hangs in the balance at Hibs and all the other latest football news in Tuesday’s Rumour Mill
Rangers admin costs soar to £2m in 12 months
LAWYERS and accountants have raked in a staggering £2 million in 12 months as the bill for winding up oldco Rangers continues to soar.
The figures have been revealed in the latest six-month report from insolvency experts BDO who were appointed liquidators of the Rangers Football Club PLC after it failed to emerge from administration following Craig Whyte’s ruinous ten-month reign.
Half of this latest bill has been covered by the final instalment of the £4.5m deal which saw Nikica Jelavic sold off to Everton just two weeks before the club was plunged into financial chaos in February 2012. (Daily Record)
Ibrox directors in showdown talks
RANGERS directors were locked in showdown talks in London yesterday as they attempt to stave off more financial crisis.
Brothers Sandy and James Easdale met representatives of shareholders groups Blue Pitch Holdings and Margarita Holdings before staging further discussions with the rest of the Ibrox regime yesterday afternoon.
Blue Pitch and Margarita are now supporting the Easdales and they are said to be willing to plough more money into a fresh share issue if the club requires an urgent cash injection after a dramatic slump in season ticket sales. Talks will continue at 10.30am today at an official board meeting. (Daily Record)
Butcher’s future at Hibs hangs in the balance
TERRY Butcher’s future as Hibernian manager remained in doubt last night after talks with new chief executive Leeann Dempster.
The Easter Road gaffer met Dempster yesterday afternoon but it is believed those discussions ended without any formal decision on his position.
A further road of talks is expected today as Hibs assess whether Butcher will lead their bid to escape the championship this season. (Daily Mail)
Huistra tipped for Falkirk job
PIETER Huistra has emerged as a shock candidate to take over as Falkirk boss.
The former Ranger is on a shortlist to succeed Gary Holt who quit for a return to Norwich as assistant manager.
Bairns bosses want someone who will bring through young players and 47-year-old Huistra – who coached the Ajax youth side and the development squad at Groningen – fits the bill.
Craig wants to lure Tesselaar back to St Mirren
ST MIRREN are trying to snatch Dutch full-back Jeroen Tesselaar from Kilmarnock.
The 25-year-old joined the Buddies in 2011 but moved to Rugby Park on a two-year deal the following summer.
New manager Tommy Craig is hoping he can lure Tesselaar back to Paisley. (Daily Express)