Whyte boasted of having millions to invest but soon Celtic fans and even some Rangers supporters were referring to him as the 'thousandaire.' Under Whyte's tenure, which lasted from April 2011 until the club went into administration nine months later, Rangers withheld all taxes — a sum approaching £14 million. During this time hundreds of creditors simply weren't paid, ranging from European soccer clubs to local newsagents, florists and taxi firms. It was HMRC, however, who made the calls that finished Rangers.
Kevin McKenna is a columnist for The Observer.