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This was Dave King’s official comment with regards the state …

Comment on The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench by Homunculus.

This was Dave King’s official comment with regards the state of the stadium and the roof in particular. Not a sound bite or an off the cuff comment given to the press. His official statement directly to the support on the club’s website.

“The stadium itself requires significant maintenance work, much of which will go unseen, but will include a major overhaul of the roofs of the Broomloan, Copland and Sandy Jardine stands.”

I have no idea where the original information that the roof was in imminent danger of collapse came from (though I have seen it reported in various places) however I would be absolutely stunned if it were true, given that games are still being played there. My guess is that it is a story which has grown in the telling. However if there is any truth in the story then those who are aware of it should be ashamed of themselves for putting people’s lives in danger.

With regard coming out and denying the story, that simply sets a precedent. The next time any rumour does the rounds it will gain weight simply because a club refuses to deny it is true. 

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The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
JANUARY 15, 2017 at 23:11

Really, are we back to this second admin fantasy.

It is of course possible to enter administration more than once. Not if you are currently being liquidated though.

The board at Ibrox are not running a business which has been in administration before. Neither the PLC nor the Ltd Co.

The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
JANUARY 14, 2017 at 18:14

Indeed, when Rangers went into liquidation it did have a holding company, it was called The Rangers FC Group Limited (previously called Wavetower).

That company still exists. The compulsory striking off was suspended in mid December 2016.

The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
JANUARY 13, 2017 at 15:23


Prior to the game at Ibrox stadium Celtic approached Rangers and stated that they would pay for any damage caused by the Celtic support. That was on the condition that they were told about the damage directly after the game and that club officials were allowed to examine it.

No such damage was reported to Celtic and no such examination required.

On TUPE, as I understand it the rules are there to protect employees and apply to an administration (including pre-pack). They do not really apply in a “terminal insolvency event” (liquidation) as there is no job there and no terms and conditions to protect.

I believe this provides a reasonably detailed explanation.

Terminal insolvency proceedings

If the insolvency proceedings are aimed at liquidating the assets of your employer, the protections under TUPE are very limited. Such proceedings are likely to include bankruptcy of an individual and compulsory or creditors’ voluntary liquidation of a limited company.

If your employer is subject to any of these proceedings:

Your employment will not automatically transfer from your employer to the buyer; and

Any dismissal will not be automatically unfair even if the reason for it was the transfer.

Removal of these protections under TUPE will not prevent a buyer from deciding to employ you but it does mean the buyer could make changes to your contract of employment for whatever reason (subject to your agreement).

Non-terminal insolvency proceedings

If your employer is subject to insolvency proceedings that are not intended to liquidate the assets you will have greater protection.


will automatically transfer with the terms and conditions of your employment from your employer to the buyer.will be entitled to protection against certain dismissals which may be automatically unfair.may be entitled to recover some or all of some debts owed to you by your employer from the Secretary of State and the National Insurance Fund (NIF).may be forced to accept changes to your terms and conditions of employment imposed by the buyer.

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