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Rangers: my part in its downfall


Craig Whyte has set out a defence of his actions at Rangers in an interview with the BBC.    In particular, he makes allegations against the administrators, claiming that they knew about the Ticketus season ticket deal which enabled Mr Whyte to buy the club.

Duff and Phelps have denied his allegations in the strongest possible terms. Administrators trade on the basis of their reputation and have to adhere to high standards of professional conduct.   It is possible to have reservations about whether Mr Whyte is credible in what he says.

He also accuses the Scottish Premier League of having known that Rangers were going bust several months before it happened.   He claims that they have made Scottish football 'the laughing stock of the world'.

It is arguably the case that the Scottish football authorities have not handled these and other matters as well as they could, but if there is any focus elsewhere in the world on Scottish football at the moment it is on the national side.    They have had some poor results, but even they are hardly a laughing stock compared with international pub side San Marino.  Indeed, I have seen better pub sides.

No doubt Mr Whyte wants to rebuild his reputation, in part by criticising others, but if I was a Rangers fan I wouldn't find any of this very convincing.