Rangers crisis hits locals

Murray Park, rangers training ground'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/2/12
Murray Park, rangers training ground'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/2/12

THEY are amongst Milngavie’s most illustrious residents - but it has been revealed that Rangers‘ spectacular financial meltdown has left a list of local creditors in its wake.

The club, whose state-of-the-art Murray Park training facility is on Auchenhowie Road, owes £15,602.86 to individuals and businesses in Milngavie and Bearsden.

That sum - which includes bills at a local mini-market and a picture-framer - is a drop in the ocean compared to the club’s overall £140million debt, but goes some way to illustrating the scale of the financial turmoil which has engulfed the Ibrox giants.

Administrators Duff and Phelps revealed the full list of Rangers’ creditors last week.

Locally, they include £600 owed to Bearsden TV presenter Alison Walker, £269 to Canniesburn Taxis, also based in Bearsden, £3,600 to Milngavie media consultants Hay McKerron Associates, £840 to Joe Lennon Picture Framing, Bearsden, £1,100 to Christine Sielbelt, a company director at Milngavie Business Centre, Station Road, an outstanding bill of £413.29 to Milngavie Mini Market on Strathblane Road, £1,403.88 to the Burnbrae pub in Bearsden and a bill for £7,376 to the Business and Property Bureau, which is also based in Bearsden.

Gordon Hay, a director of Hay McKerron, said they are owed cash after doing work for Rangers owner Craig Whyte - the man who is being blamed for the financial crisis which has brought the Glasgow giants to their knees.

Mr Hay said: “This illustrates how bad the problem is. A lot of people from all walks of life have been affected by this - fans and everyone else.”

Picture framer Joe Lennon has been employed “for years” by Rangers to frame signed strips which are given to match-day sponsors, as well as other jobs.

He said: “When you look at the list, it’s amazing the amount of businesses a club the size of Rangers takes on. I’m still hopeful of getting some of the money back and I’m still working for the club’s administrators.”