Roger Mitchell, the man that turned a blind eye to a decade of cheating in Scottish football, has claimed that there should be an asterisk against every title won by the old Rangers club when they fielded players with undeclared contracts.
It is an astonishing confession from the former SPL Chief Executive who cashed in on the scam by negotiating new broadcasting and commercial deals on the back of ‘Old Firm’ rivalry.
Sitting at his desk at Hampden Mitchell viewed every contract from clubs in the SPL.
In July 2000 he received the contract Celtic registered for the £6m signing of Chris Sutton from Chelsea. A few months later Tore Andre Flo arrived at Ibrox for double the fee but on half the salary.
Mitchell didn’t say a word. No questions were asked. Similarly Ronald de Boer quit Barcelona, snubbed Manchester United and took a contract much less than Celtic paid for Sutton.
People know I love Ally. But he, like a lot of intelligent rangers fans, has a blind spot. Titles won with players registered irregularly, hiding remuneration from the league, financial doping, EBTs. Arguably every title of Rangers in the 2020s is an asterisk. He doesn’t see this https://t.co/mLCN6lAOxW
— RP Mitchell (@RPMComo) May 19, 2020
In later years it emerged that a £2.8m tax bill was due on the secret payments to de Boer and Flo.
Rangers won the 2002/03 and 2004/05 SPL titles with players recruited and paid through disguised remuneration schemes.
Five years after they were put into liquidation the Supreme Court ruled against the so-called EBT payments. The players, coaches and directors that benefitted were liable for Income Tax, National Insurance, interest and penalties.
Mitchell was CEO of the SPL from inception in 1998 until quitting in November 2002 with the ineligible players used every week under Alex McLeish.