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Licence issue hovers over Maxwell

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Ian Maxwell will walk straight into licence issues when he takes over as Chief Executive of the SFA next month- that and an utterly pointless summer junket to Peru and Mexico.

Back in September former chief executive Stewart Regan requested that the Compliance Officer reviewed the 2011/12 UEFA licence awarded to Rangers (IL) despite an unpaid and overdue tax demand for £2.8m.

Rather than pay Her Majesty Ally McCoist went on a spending spree to sign up Lee Wallace, Carlos Bocanegra, Dorin Goian, Matt Mackay and others while Alan McGregor, Steve Davis and Steven Whittaker were handed bumper new deals.

Eight months later there hasn’t been a word out of Hampden about the investigation despite the mountain of evidence that came to light at Craig Whyte’s trial last summer.

In a statement published by the SFA Maxwell, currently the Managing Director at Partick Thistle said: “This is a very proud moment for myself and my family.

“Scottish football has been my life, from playing to coaching and on to managing a club. I am hugely excited about the role and facing into the big issues that we will need to tackle.

“The game means so much, to so many in this country. I will work tirelessly to serve all our members, support and lead the Scottish FA’s staff and help bring everyone together to shape a better future for Scottish football.”

Similar licence issues are expected this season with Sevco’s debt levels and interim accounts falling well short of UEFA requirements.

Should the Ibrox club be given a licence to play in Europe it will appear that the spirit of Regan lives on.

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