The storm around Charles Green shows no signs of abating. I have a post coming later today about the Ibrox reaction to all this.
As well as his SFA complaint about his comment regarding Imran Ahmad, it appears that the main sponsors are making a complaint about him too for that remark.
There are rumours he is to face an additional disrepute charge for saying “no surrender” in an interview given last year, and only now aired. (Frankly that seems a ridiculous charge, if indeed it is being made, both in terms of the allegation itself, and of the fact that it is prompted by a broadcast. It is not as if it was said last week. Surely the bringing the game into disrepute comes from the organisation which has now, months later, decided there is some reason to broadcast it? If it was seen as an earth-shattering remark, then presumably the media company involved might have released it then?)
One of the areas where there remains confusion relates to how Mr Whyte and Mr Green got together.
Back in October 2012, Craig Whyte told the BBC:-
“I was the one who found a buyer – it wasn’t Duff and Phelps”.
“My colleagues in London – when no credible buyer was coming forward – went out and used our contacts in the city to find… to put a suitable deal together.
When asked if he was the one who had brought Mr Green to the table, Whyte answered: “Absolutely. I introduced them to Duff and Phelps.”
Asked if his relationship with Charles Green and Rangers was okay, he replied: “Yeah, sure.
“I think given the public perception of me, people are keen to distance themselves from me publicly. But I have no problem with the current management of Rangers.”
Mr Green disagreed, saying:-
Yet again Craig Whyte’s version of events paints a misleading picture of what actually happened and it’s regrettable that the BBC is providing him with such a platform.
“The facts are that direct contact was made by our consortium with Craig Whyte in the first instance as it appeared at that time that his shares would have to be secured in order for any purchase of the club to progress.
“I was not present when contact was initially made but subsequently met Craig Whyte, who introduced me to the administrator.
Mr Green said he had “no previous association with Craig Whyte” and it was “misleading to suggest he ‘brought us in’.”
“I was brought to the transaction by Imran Ahmad following Duff and Phelps contacting Zeus Capital in February, due to their experience in the football sector.”
According to Mr Whyte, he used his contacts to find a buyer for Rangers, as a result of Duff and Phelps failing to do so. Mr Whyte claims he introduced Mr Green’s team to the administrators.
Mr Green denies this, saying that Imran Ahmad brought him into the deal. Duff and Phelps had contacted Zeus Capital, in which Mr Ahmad held a senior position. However Mr Green did seem to agree that he met Mr Whyte (on one occasion only, as he has said before) and Mr Whyte introduced him to the administrators.
If only there was some suggestion that Mr Whyte had had previous dealings with Mr Ahmad, then that would seem to tie the apparently different versions together. After all, if Mr Ahmad knew Craig Whyte, then he could have acted as a conduit to Mr Green as, after all, Mr Ahmad has known Mr Green for 15 to 20 years.
In it, alongside a long piece where Mr Ahmad defends his friend Mr Green against racism accusations, we find the following:-
RANGERS director Imran Ahmad last night admitted he regrets ever having to deal with former Ibrox owner Craig Whyte.
The businessman was introduced to him as a “billionaire wonderkid” in 2007 who could turn around failing companies.
But Ahmad revealed Whyte — who is suing him and Charles Green over the ownership of Rangers — was “difficult” to do business with.
He said: “Obviously I regret having to deal with Craig Whyte. He was a very difficult guy to deal with, as all of the parties interested in buying Rangers found out.
“Whyte had a quoted company he invested in on the stock exchange,
“He was introduced as a billionaire and a sort of wonderkid turnaround expert.”
So, this seems to be the missing link in the chain.
Mr Ahmad was the link between Messrs Whyte and Green. After all, if Mr Ahmad had already been involved with Mr Whyte in 2007, then he might have thought that that connection, even if slight, gave him, or any bidders he could source, an advantage. If a CVA had worked, Mr Whyte’s co-operation was necessary.
Would Mr Whyte have been aware at that stage of Mr Ahmad’s long relationship with Mr Green? Perhaps not. And if that was not disclosed to Mr Whyte then he could very well have believed that, as a result of his involvement with Zeus Capital, he was responsible for Mr Green’s appearance.
So Mr Green might well be correct in denying any previous involvement of his own with Mr Whyte, but a key member of his team has just let a cat out of his bag, hasn’t he?
Posted by Paul “Sherlock” McConville