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DUFF AND PHELPS PUT GREEN UP FOR SFA FITNESS TEST.

Byline: Hugh Keevins

ADMINISTRATORS Duff and Phelps will need to vouch for Charles Green being a fit and proper person when he meets the SFA tomorrow.

New legislation from the governing body puts the onus on outgoing owners "signing off" the person assuming control of any club. The irony in this case is that Duff and Phelps have been roundly criticised themselves for their handling of Rangers' affairs since the club went into administration on February 14.

And Green has been regarded with suspicion by the Rangers supporters who have refused to buy season tickets since he has been in charge at Ibrox.

But Duff and Phelps now have to produce a certificate which vouches for Green's integrity or face sanctions for failing to do so.

They'll need to prove he hasn't been disqualified from holding a company directorship in the past, which Craig Whyte failed to do when he took over Rangers.

And they'll need to have carried out checks to prove Green hasn't previously served time in one of HM's prisons.

Then he can leave the National Stadium without any stain on his character and get on with the job of trying to win over tens of thousands of Rangers fans.

There was more bad news for Green's cash-strapped Sevco 5088 last night when it emerged they will need to cough up at least pounds 160,000 in order to join the SFA.

Green must present a credible business plan, a business strategy and proof of funding, as well as fit-and-proper person checks for would-be club officials.

But because Green has applied for a transfer of membership from Rangers Football Club plc to Sevco 5088, even if he manages to provide all the necessary paperwork he'll still need to agree to accept any and all penalties imposed on the oldco.

The SFA's independent judicial panel fined Rangers pounds 160,000 on April 23 for suffering an insolvency event, breaching the articles of association and bringing the game into disrepute.

Duff & Phelps haven't settled that debt so Green will be asked to produce a cheque for that amount. He will also need to accept whatever punishment the Appellate Tribunal imposes.

Green and the administrators appealed last month at the Court of Session against the 12-month transfer embargo handed down by the judicial panel.

Lord Glennie ruled the ban was unlawful and directed the Appellate Tribunal to use the other punishments open to them - suspension or expulsion from the Scottish game or a ban from competing in the Scottish Cup.

Even then, Sevco 5088 must first be allowed to play in either the SPL or one of divisions of the SFL SFA will confer membership.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 28, 2012
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