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The administrators at Rangers have said they are "co-operating" with Strathclyde Police about inquiries into the takeover of the club by Craig Whyte last year.

In a statement issued by Duff and Phelps, they said they were aware of media reports that "referred to police interest" in the circumstances of the takeover in May 2011.

Mr Whyte's lawyers Collyer Bristow are already facing court action at the hands of the administrators after being accused of deliberately deceiving the club during the Motherwell-born businessman's takeover.

David Whitehouse, joint administrator, said that the administrators understood that it had not yet been decided whether any investigation would be the responsibility of Strathclyde Police or the Metropolitan Police.

He said: "An impression has been given that we as administrators are in possession of information which may be of interest to the police but, to date, we have not provided.

"Since being appointed administrators in February, we have had a number of meetings with Strathclyde Police and are co-operating fully with them. At no time has any request for information from the police been denied nor delayed in any way.

"It goes without saying that any information in relation to these matters is available to the police. As far as we are aware, a decision has yet to be taken by the police authorities whether an investigation would fall within the jurisdiction of Strathclyde Police or the Metropolitan Police.

"We look forward to that decision being made and will co-operate fully with any investigation. It should also be noted that we have instigated civil proceedings at the High Court in London in relation to the takeover of Rangers."

Rangers went into administration in February after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs lodged a petition over the non-payment of about £9 million PAYE and VAT since Mr Whyte's 2011 takeover. It later emerged that the Glasgow club's £18 million bank debt was paid off with future season-ticket money from Ticketus.

Last month, the club were handed a £160,000 fine and 12-month embargo on registering players aged over 17 after being found guilty of five charges in relation to their finances and the appointment of Craig Whyte as chairman by a Scottish Football Association judicial panel.

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