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MP slams Rangers as rivals count cost

By Tom Moseley

It is “simply disgraceful” that crisis-hit Rangers’ plight has left other teams in financial difficulty, an MP has said.

Politicians attacked the stewardship of the Scottish club during a Westminster debate over taxation in football.

The Government urged clubs struggling as a result of the Glasgow giants going into administration to seek help from the Inland Revenue.

Thomas Docherty, the Labour MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, hit out at the management of Rangers under owner Craig White, and claimed the club had not paid Paye or Vat to HMRC since May.

He also told MPs two clubs were owed ticket money by Rangers.

Mr Docherty described the ticketing debts owed by Rangers to Dundee United and Dunfermline as “simply disgraceful”.

But Treasury Minister David Gauke said: “I think the onus is on the other clubs to take action, not on HMRC.”

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