Rangers charged with bringing football into disrepute: On this day 2012

Rangers endured a black day on March 8 a decade ago when they were charged with bringing the game into disrepute and chairman Craig Whyte was ruled "not a fit and proper person to hold a position in football".

Rangers faced an SFA charge a decade ago. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)
Rangers faced an SFA charge a decade ago. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The ruling on Whyte - who took over Sir David Murray's majority shareholding in May 2011 - centred on revelations he was previously disqualified as a company director for seven years from 2000.

After discussing the findings of an independent inquiry, Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said: "Principally, it is the belief of the board, taking into account the prima facie evidence presented today, that Mr Craig Whyte is not considered to be a fit and proper person to hold a position within Association Football."

The disrepute charge was on four counts after the financially-stricken club went into administration in February 2012.

On June 1 2012, a failure to reach a Company Voluntary Arrangement with creditors led to Rangers entering the process of liquidation.

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The administrators completed a sale of the business but the new owners failed to secure a place in the Scottish Premier League and had to start again from the bottom of the Scottish Football League.

The club lost the vast majority of its players but rebuilt its foundations and three promotions in four years took Rangers back to the top flight in 2016, with a first Premiership title since 2011 arriving last year.

Whyte was banned from being a company director for 15 years in September 2014 but was acquitted of fraud related to his purchase of Rangers after a lengthy court case.

Speaking to the BBC last year, Whyte said: "I think it's fair to say that the whole experience from start to finish, from walking into Ibrox on that first day to being acquitted at the High Court, was the most traumatic experience of my life."

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