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Ex-owner Craig Whyte: I'm still big fan of Rangers

By Brian Farmer

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte gave the club a vote of confidence yesterday - and said he was still a fan.

Mr Whyte said it was inevitable that Rangers would return to the top of Scottish football.

And he said he would always be a supporter.

He was speaking after leaving the High Court in London where he had appeared for the latest hearing of a legal dispute he is involved in with a ticketing firm.

Mr Whyte (43) had been ordered to pay more than £17 million damages to Ticketus last year.

Ticketus had said Mr Whyte fraudulently or negligently made representations which induced the company to enter into agreements related to the sale or purchase of Rangers season tickets.

Mr Whyte had disputed the claim - but a judge had ruled against him.

Ticketus says the latest stage of proceedings involves its "continued activity to enforce" the damages order.

Mr Whyte had earlier this year failed to attend a hearing.

He had been made the subject of a suspended committal order - under which he could have been jailed if found to be in contempt of court, and a judge had issued an arrest warrant.

But Mr Justice Newey discharged that committal order yesterday - lifting the threat of jail - after Mr Whyte appeared in court.

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