Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Rangers gifts Celtic the ti­tle

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RANGERS have ap­pointed ad­min­is­tra­tors Duff and Phelps af­ter a court bat­tle with Her Majesty’s Rev­enue & Cus­toms.

The foot­ball club were given an ul­ti­ma­tum to move into ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Court of Ses­sion in Ed­in­burgh 24 hours af­ter lodg­ing no­tice of in­tent.

And the move will trig­ger an au­to­matic 10-point de­duc­tion by the Scot­tish Premier League – all but hand­ing the ti­tle to ri­vals Celtic.

Rangers ap­pointed their pre­ferred ad­min­is­tra­tor af­ter a court pe­ti­tion was lodged by HMRC to have one ap­pointed for them.

The side had been given un­til 3.30pm on Tues­day to make the ap­point­ment fol­low­ing le­gal de­bate and did so with 45 min­utes to spare.

Rangers said a final decision would be taken in 10 work­ing days but their hand was forced by the tax au­thor­ity.

They are await­ing a tax tri­bunal ver­dict which could cost them £75mil­lion.

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