Loathed Rangers pariah shirks responsibility as eerie anniversary fuels his ego once again
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Loathed Rangers pariah shirks responsibility on dark Ibrox anniversary

Rangers pariah Craig Whyte has claimed he isn’t the bad guy as today marks exactly ten years since the loathed businessman infamously bought the club for £1.

Craig Whyte’s purchase of Rangers – during which he agreed to take on the club’s bank debt before settling it against future season tickets – is one of the darkest moments in the club’s history.

Rangers pariah Craig Whyte is one of the most loathed figures in Ibrox history. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Whyte tries to claim that Rangers was “the biggest regret” of his life but for many supporters allowing this shill to walk the marble staircase should be remembered as the club’s.


“I thought it was a good opportunity to make a profit,” said Whyte [BBC]

“It’s hard to believe it is 10 years but I remember when I was first asked to have a look at it.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time but clearly it turned out not to be.

“I don’t believe I did anything wrong.

“I was not responsible for the build-up of tax debt that caused HMRC to pursue Rangers.

“I was the guy who was there when it went wrong but I wasn’t the person who caused the problem.”

Under Whyte’s guidance, the Rangers holding company went into administration and then liquidation in 2012 and it was the discouraging nature of his business behaviour which will be remembered by the fans.

Craig Whyte was later cleared of fraud relating to the Rangers takeover. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Whyte’s takeover was based on wiping out £18m of bank debt but the fact he did this against future season ticket sales set the tone for an era of asset gutting at Ibrox.

The club was then sent to the bottom tier of Scottish football and the rest is history but Whyte maintains he isn’t the villain in this mucky, mucky tale.

“I should have been more open with the fans and the media,” he said.

“I should have disclosed the funding method on day one – by not doing that I gave the media and the fans ammunition to throw at me.

“I think it’s fair to say that the whole experience, from start to finish, from walking into Ibrox on that first day, to being acquitted at the High Court, was the most traumatic experience of my life, for sure.”

Rangers fans saved the club – with the help of Dave King, the Three Bears and other investors – and the Gers have now turned things around. (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers have finally managed to reclaim their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership pyramid against all the odds and against all the talk in the media.

2012 remains an open sore for Gers fans with many railing against claims that HMRC overestimated a tax bill and liquidation could’ve been avoided

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