News emerged on Tuesday night that Police had raided Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct HQ in connection with two takeovers at Rangers.
The ongoing two year inquiry had initially centred on Craig Whyte but now it is understood to have spread to looking at all of Rangers’ activity since the club was sold by David Murray in 2011.
Staff at the Sports Direct HQ in Shirebrook were shocked at the sudden appearance of the investigating team from Scotland.
The Daily Record reporting one worker:
“I noticed a couple of regular bobbies walking around but I didn’t think too much of it, but when I tried to step outside the building at around 11am, I was told I couldn’t leave until a full search of the premises had been carried out.
“One detective said we could go into the canteen while the search was ongoing but people wanted to know what was happening so we stayed there. At one point, the detective asked if any of those in reception was David Forsey (Sports Direct Chief Executive) but when we said he wasn’t there, he said we were all free to go.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed that officers had indeed searched a property in Derbyshire but wouldn’t comment further.
Craig Whyte bought Rangers from Murray for a nominal £1 in 2011 but the club quickly entered administration in February 2012 and subsequently liquidation in July 2012.
A consortium led by Charles Green then stepped in to buy Rangers, with it later revealed that Mike Ashley was one of the major figures in that consortium and currently owns just under 9% of the club.