Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers owner Craig Whyte fears the club will be hit with a whopping £75million tax bill from HMRC. (The Scottish Sun)

The club's directors believe intransigence on the part of HMRC has driven the club to the brink of administration. (The Scotsman)

Whyte admits he can't pay the club's current tax bills, despite mortgaging off £24m in season ticket money. (Daily Record)

Rangers have a minimum of five days and a maximum of 10 to to appoint an administrator to take care of their financial affairs. (The Herald)

Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston believes a clause in the sale of the club to Craig Whyte could pave the way for the sensational return of Sir David Murray. (The Scottish Sun)

Johnston called on Murray to help save Rangers from administration by overthrowing Whyte and declaring the takeover at Ibrox legally null and void. (Daily Record)

Murray is expected to break his silence over the financial turmoil at the club he once owned on Tuesday. (The Scotsman)

Meanwhile, current owner Craig Whyte has issued a challenge to former Rangers directors to step up to the plate and put their money where their mouth is to help save the club. (The Express)

Mark Dingwall, chairman of the Rangers Supporters Trust, says some fans blame Sir David Murray as much as current owner Craig Whyte for the club's precarious financial position. (Daily Record)

Rangers face a race against time to be allowed to play in Europe next season if they are unable to present a set of audited accounts to the SFA and the SPL by 31 March. (The Scottish Sun)

The Ibrox club's players have been summoned to a crisis meeting at Murray Park on Tuesday morning to answer their questions about the threat of administration. (The Scottish Sun)

Rangers could be forced to sacrifice some of their highest-paid players to help secure the long-term future of the club. (The Express)

Steven Davis, Steven Whittaker, Allan McGregor and Steven Naismith are all likely to escape the axe at Rangers as they could bring in much-needed money for the club in the sumemr transfer window. (Daily Record)

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone admits he is embarassed to be assosciated with the Glasgow club after the process of entering administration started on Monday. (The Herald)

Former Celtic manager Billy McNeill says he was sad when he heard the news that Rangers were preparing for administration because he believes Scottish football needs its two biggest clubs. (The Scottish Sun)

Finance watchdogs have banned a stockbroking firm in which Rangers owner Craig Whyte is a key player from trading after they were caught dipping into their clients' money. (Daily Record)

Celtic turned down the opportunity to sell some of their players in the January transfer window, including striker Gary Hooper, which could have brought in up to £7m according to chief executive Peter Lawwell. (The Scottish Sun)

South Korea have backed down over a row with Celtic concerning a call up for Ki Sung-Yeung in a meaningless friendly with Uzbekistan a week on Saturday. (Daily Record)

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