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Regan admits Rangers licence could have been an error

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Stewart Regan has wobbled for the first time on Resolution 12.

In 2013 a group of Celtic shareholders raised the matter than the club from Ibrox were wrongly awarded a UEFA licence in 2011 which deprived the hoops of a place in the 2011/12 Champions League qualifiers.

The resolution claimed that on 30 June 2011 Rangers (IL) had refused to pay HMRC a £2.8m bill dating back to the illegal payments made to Tore Andre Flo and Ronald de Boer.

Rather than pay the bill Rangers (IL) bought in more players notably Nikica Jelavic and James Beattie.

Meanwhile by paying HMRC their full dues in terms of National Insurance and Income Tax Celtic were effectively punished and lost out on a potential £20m windfall that would have benefited every club in Scottish football.

Throughout the Craig Whyte fraud trial it was repeated how the £2.8m wee tax bill was overdue from November 2010 but no one at Ibrox declared that matter to the SFA.

Responding to the issue in the Daily Record Regan said: “Our position on the process we followed in 2011 is one we are confident on.

If a licence was granted when it shouldn’t have been, is that not a concern?

I’m not saying it’s not a concern if it was granted in error.

What I am saying is that the procedures followed by the licensing committee, I am entirely comfortable with.

We have been through this several times, UEFA have been through it several times, UEFA have given written feedback on the process and we are comfortable with where we are.”

Perhaps Regan can explain what action was taken if the licence was shouldn’t have been granted.

If the licence was granted in error, if the SFA were duped then surely there is no place in Scottish football for Paul Murray, Dave King, Alastair Johnston and Andrew Dickson who are in executive positions at Ibrox with Dickson on the board of the Scottish FA Football Regulatory Advisory Group.

How any director of a club can sit around the table with Dickson and retain any respect for the laws of the game is beyond belief.

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