Celtic react to Rangers EBT verdict

Celtic have said they still hold the belief that Rangers may have gained a sporting advantage but the club insists it’s up for the courts decide.

Last week, HMRC won their appeal at the Court of Session over ‘oldco’ Rangers’ use of a tax avoidance scheme between 2001-2010 but BDO, the liquidators of the oldco, could still appeal to the Supreme Court by December 2.

On Thursday, Rangers owner Dave King insisted no sporting advantage was gained by the EBT scheme and warned if their history came under attack they would deal with it in the “strongest manner possible.”

Celtic, on Friday, said they still were “surprised” the SPL commission found in 2013 that no sporting advantage had been gained but says it’s a matter firmly for the judges.

“We are aware of last week’s Court of Session ruling, which we note is subject to potential appeal,” a statement on the club’s website said.

“Celtic’s position on this issue is consistent – that this remains a matter for the courts of law and also the Scottish football authorities whose rules are intended to uphold sporting integrity.

“In 2013, we expressed surprise – shared by many observers and supporters of the game – over the findings of the SPL Commission that no competitive or sporting advantage had resulted. That remains our view.”

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