Sports minister meets with Gers

Shona Robison holds talks with club's administrators

Last Updated: 15/02/12 5:04pm

Scottish sports minister Shona Robison has met with Rangers' administrators

Rangers' administrators held talks with the Scottish Government on Wednesday as they begin to resolve the club's financial crisis.

Officials from administrators Duff and Phelps spoke to Scottish sports minister Shona Robison a day after being appointed by the Scottish Premier League champions.

The group had already held discussions with Strathclyde Police to ensure the club's SPL home clash with Kilmarnock would go ahead after the force expressed concern over payments for policing costs.

Joint administrators Paul Clark and David Whitehouse were appointed after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs forced the issue in the Court of Session in a bid to secure payment of £9million in PAYE and VAT, accrued since Craig Whyte took control of the club in May last year.

Obligations

"In a telephone conversation this morning with the administrator, I explained that we want to see an outcome in the best interests of Rangers staff, supporters and the game of football in Scotland as a whole, whilst enabling the club to meet its obligations," explained Robison.

"A key concern for us is the future of those employed by the club and the potential economic impact of administration.

"The Government stands ready to offer assistance to anyone affected by implications for jobs and we will stay in contact with the administrator throughout the process to ensure we are informed of any developments."

Duff and Phelps are expected to issue a statement on Wednesday afternoon.