SPL champions Rangers have gone into administration, and had 10 points deducted from the league. So what happens now? Here’s our guide.
WHAT IS ADMINISTRATION?
Football clubs go into administration when they’ve got serious money problems and can’t pay bills that they owe – say, to the government, individual people or companies. Rangers owner Craig Whyte says the club may be a whopping £75m in debt!
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Rangers’ directors will bring in ‘administrators’ who’ll take control of the club. They’ll keep the club running, then start selling some of its ‘assets’ – different parts of the club – to make some emergency money.
WHAT CAN RANGERS SELL?
Anything that will raise some cash. They can sell their stadium, some of the land they own, their training ground, or, most likely, some of their players.
SO WHAT ABOUT THE TEAM?
Rangers have been docked 10 points because going into administration is against league rules! It leaves them 14 points behind rivals Celtic. With 12 games to go, it's pretty much ended the title race – but 'Gers stay second in the table, nine points above Motherwell.
ARE THEY ALLOWED TO KEEP PLAYING?
Of course! There were fears that their home game against Kilmarnock would be postponed if Rangers wouldn't be able to pay for police, but the police have confirmed the game is set to go ahead as planned.
WHAT DO THE FANS THINK?
They’re furious at Craig Whyte for putting the club in administration. Rangers are 140 years old, and they're the most successful team in Scotland. The fans are really worried about the club going out of business.
There are some, though, that think administration is the best thing for the club going forward, to get its finances sorted.
WHAT HAVE THE PLAYERS SAID?
Nothing yet - but manager Ally McCoist, who's a lifelong Rangers fan himself, is positive the club will be okay. He wants the fans to get behind the team.
He says, "We'll be doing everything to make sure Rangers comes out the other side fitter and stronger.”