Since Rangers fell into financial troubles, various possible “new Rangers” have appeared on the books of Companies House. However these usually turn out probably to have been created by fans, opportunists or jokers.
Over recent months the following companies have appeared –
Rangers Football Club of Glasgow Ltd
Rangers 2012 Ltd
Glasgow Rangers Ltd
Glasgow Rangers Club Football Ltd
Glasgow Rangers Football Club Ltd
Glasgow Rangers Football Club 2012 Ltd
There is even a Celtic Ranger Ltd!
However, I can exclusively reveal the most likely of these various pretenders to be the real “newco”.
My sources (the Companies House website) disclose that on 4th May 2012 a new company was incorporated.
Please welcome – RANGERS FC ACQUISITIONS LTD.
You can read the incorporation documents at this link – Rangers FC Acquisitions Ltd Inc-1
What makes this more credible than the others?
The sole shareholder is Atholl Incorporations Ltd and the Director is Mr Julian Voge. Both are based at the offices of Brodies, Solicitors, in Edinburgh. Mr Voge is one of the top corporate lawyers in Scotland. That does not mean that, necessarily, he is to have any role in the running of this newco, if that is what it is.
One of the roles performed by Brodies is to set up companies for its clients, before the transfer of shares and directorships to the real parties.
Brodies themselves are amongst the best commercial law firms in Scotland, and therefore it is less likely, although not impossible, that their client too is a joker.
What would be most interesting of course would be to find out from Brodies if their client is Mr Bill Miller, or someone else entirely.
If the latter then, as the company was only set up on Friday 4th May, the mystery would only deepen, as that would suggest someone confident that Mr Miller would not acquire the club.
Brodies, in return for its expertise, would not be the cheapest place to go to buy an off the peg company. Therefore I believe this is serious.
Now, has anyone seen Paul Murray, Brian Kennedy, or even Sir David Murray or Craig Whyte entering Brodies’ office recently?
Brodies of course will not answer any questions about this due to client confidentiality, and rightly so.
If it is Bill Miller, then at least one of the many tasks for this coming week can be crossed off his to do list! He has now a company set up. He still needs to turn it into a football club though, which is not as easy as one might think.
And finally, on the basis that a good conspiracy theory is always worthwhile (I jest!), one of the Consultants to Brodies is a former General Manager, Football, of Celtic!
Yes, Jock Brown, commentator, lawyer and businessman, is on the books of Brodies.
I am sure that he is nothing to do with Brodies’ involvement with this matter, and even if he was, he left Celtic a long time ago. I hope Brodies are ready for the tin-foil hat brigade!
Posted by Paul McConville