Former Rangers employee speaks out on human cost of HMRC scandal
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Ex-Rangers man Andrew Dickson discusses human cost of HMRC scandal

Former Rangers media man Andrew Dickson has spoken out about the burgeoning HMRC tax scandal surrounding the Ibrox club [Times].

A report this morning claims that HMRC miscalculated Rangers’ tax bill to the tune of £50m in 2012, with former club chairman John McClelland saying that this turned investors off salvaging the previous holding company.

As a result of the administration and liquidation of that holding company, Dickson left his role at Ibrox to pursue other options.

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In emotional tweets on the ex-Rangers man’s official Twitter account, Dickson explains the human cost of the events of 2012.

“In a roundabout way, yes,” said Andrew Dickson [Twitter].

“I did go voluntarily for a couple of personal reasons and felt I needed a fresh start but if the club hadn’t been relegated and things were ‘normal’ at Ibrox, there’s every chance I and many others would still have been there today.

“Strange morning reflecting on what no admin would have meant for me personally.

“Might still have been at RFC now, possibly wouldn’t have worked for Sky or lived in London, wouldn’t have had certain experiences (good and bad). Other notable stuff in my private life influenced too.

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“Some friendships/relationships formed might not have happened, others which have waned might still have been as strong as they once were.

“And if I’m looking at how life could have been different, so are many others. HMRC have made a pig’s ear of this with no regard for others.”

It’s not the first time the true human cost of liquidation has been discussed by former Rangers representatives.

Former Rangers boss Ally McCoist spoke candidly about the loss of staff “integral and the heartbeat of the club.”

“I was getting called off the training ground on a regular basis for meetings about administration and staff losing their jobs. People that didn’t deserve to lose them,” said McCoist [Daily Record].

“The biggest one of the lot was Laura, my secretary, who eventually lost her job and had been at the club for well over 40 years.

Ally McCoist saw first hand the human cost of Rangers struggles off the pitch. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“The first manager she worked for was Willie Waddell and was on the flight to the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

“People like that. Integral and the heartbeat of the club.”

Rangers fans are demanding answers after the news that eight years of pain at Ibrox could well have been avoided after all.

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