It has been revealed today that Mike Ashley never paid the fine imposed by the Scottish FA for having dual control/interest at both Newcastle United and Rangers.

Ashley was originally fined £7,500 but on appeal the fine was reduced to £1,000 in June.

Importantly though, whilst the fine was reduced, Mike Ashley was still found to have broken that dual interest/control rule by the SFA.

Now though the Daily Record has reported that even this £1,000 was never paid by the Newcastle owner and his lawyers are now challenging that SFA ruling at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, with the case set to be heard by 4 February 2016.

It was also made public in recent days that the Rangers board are planning to use that dual interest/control ruling to try and remove all voting rights that Mike Ashley has via his shareholding in the club.

The media in Scotland are focused on how much these legal fights could potentially cost the cash-strapped Scottish FA, if they lost and had to pay for Ashley’s legal team as well as their own.

However, they appear to be missing the important factor in all this.

It is obvious that it isn’t whether it is a £7,500 fine or a £1,000 one, or even if it was £1.

It does though appear very important to Mike Ashley that he isn’t hindered by a ruling of dual control/interest having been proved against him.

Which strongly suggests that he needs the ruling removed so he can carry out whatever future plans he has for both Newcastle United AND Rangers.