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Football: Ballantyne: Bankies bid still going ahead.

Byline: NEIL CAMERON

AIRDRIE UNITED chief Jim Ballantyne remained confident last night that his plan to buy out Clydebank would go ahead.

The deal to take over the crisis club looked done and dusted until it emerged on Thursday that Bankies general manager Mick Oliver had raised the pounds 160,000 required to keep Clydebank alive.

Administrator Bryan Jackson of PKF told Sports Record that if he received that sum by close of business on Monday, Oliver's consortium would have an excellent chance of saving the club.

And that would mean Airdrie United being left out in the cold only days after they seemed to have won a place in the Second Division.

However, Ballantyne said: "I'm still confident of success. If I wasn't then I wouldn't be doing all this.

"As far as I'm concerned, the other party would only get a seat at the table if they can deposit the pounds 160,000 with the administrators before the deadline.

"It would not mean they would be able to buy the club.

"There are legal complexities about the deal and this is something we expected."

Jackson indicated Oliver had an excellent chance of winning the fight for Clydebank and therefore keeping the club's name.

Ballantyne said: "I can't comment on what Bryan Jackson might or might not have said. Let's wait and see what happens on Monday."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 6, 2002
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