BBC Scotland has decided to publish further evidence about a suspected conflict of interest concerning the administrators of Rangers. David Grier, a senior partner from administrators Duff and Phelps, had said he was unaware that London finance firm Ticketus funded Craig Whyte's purchase of the club. But the BBC has seen evidence that Mr Grier attended a dinner to celebrate the acquisition of Rangers alongside a Ticketus executive shortly after Whyte finalised the deal.
Rangers' administrators Duff and Phelps agreed with owner Craig Whyte to cap their fees at £500,000 two days before they were appointed. Emails obtained by BBC Scotland reveal the firm also agreed to try to minimise the time spent in administration. Duff and Phelps' fees and charges now stand at more than £5.5m. The firm said that the capped fee was envisaged for an outcome which never materialised and that the BBC has got its figures wrong.
Rangers administrators tried to persuade the club's former owner Craig Whyte to lie about their knowledge of the Ticketus deal. This arrangement was used to buy the club. Duff & Phelps asked Mr Whyte to lie because they were afraid HMRC would remove them as administrators over a potential conflict of interest. The revelations are contained in a recorded conversation between the firm's David Grier and Craig Whyte.
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