Date: 20th December 2017 at 12:30pm
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Rab Douglas has accused the Scottish football authorities of bottling out of punishing Rangers (IL).

For over a decade the Ibrox club made secret payments to players that weren’t declared to the SFA or SPL.

Various other clubs have been thrown out of cup competitions and had points deducted for fielding ineligible players but SFA chief Stewart Regan doesn’t want to rake over old coals.

While Celtic and every other club in the country lived within their means paying Income Tax and National Insurance to HMRC the club from Ibrox were able to bring in players that they couldn’t afford by paying millions into secret offshore funds kept secret from the football and tax authorities.

Among the stars to benefit were Barry Ferguson, Neil McCann, Alex Rae, Billy Dodds, Nacho Novo and Steven Thompson while Douglas and others only took home around 50% of their salary.

Speaking to Radio Scotland the former hoops keeper said: “I think that the authorities in Scotland put their heads in the sand a bit regarding it. I don’t think Celtic should get them but if anything Rangers could possibly be stripped of them.”

Asked of he thought that they should be stripped of the titles Douglas added: “Probably, I think that they’ve been found guilty of it. You can argue either way, Celtic were run right at the time, Rangers I think won two titles on the last day of the season, it’s a hard one. It’ll rumble on for years the way it is going. I can’t see the authorities doing anything about it.”

Since the tribute act was formed in 2012 they have failed to win a Scottish Cup or League Cup in 11 attempts.

Go to 35 minutes to hear Rab on Radio Scotland.