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Adel Taarabt given home truths by Harry Redknapp to inspire first QPR league win

Taarabt's home truths pay dividends for Redknapp as QPR hope for greatest of escapes

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

Harry Redknapp offered Adel Taarabt some home truths at Queens Park Rangers’ Harlington HQ last week.

And maybe, just maybe, the training ground dressing down will be the catalyst for one of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes.

‘I took him off last week (against Wigan) and he wasn’t in the best of moods. He didn’t behave in the best of ways so I had a good chat with him in the office on Monday morning. He’s responded to that.

Home truths: Harry Redknapp (inset) has revealed that he had a talk with Adel Taarabt after his poor performance against Wigan last weekend

Home truths: Harry Redknapp (inset) has revealed that he had a talk with Adel Taarabt after his poor performance against Wigan last weekend. Taarabt responded with a double against Fulham

‘I didn’t put my arm around him, I didn’t call him in and say: 'Oh, come on'. I was disappointed with one or two things when I took him off last week, he had the hump on the bench and all that.

‘So we sorted that out. I said to him, don’t throw your arms up when you lose the ball, don’t stand with your hands on your hips and don’t put your hands on your head, just get after the ball if you lose it otherwise everyone sees that you made a mistake and it gets highlighted.

‘He did that on Saturday and he was fantastic. He can be a top, top player. He’s got ability like not many people you’ve ever seen in your life.’

Taarabt’s scintillating display on Saturday secured QPR’s first Premier League win of the season against Fulham.

If his first goal was mildly fortuitous having taken a hefty deflection on the way past Mark Schwarzer, his second was simply breathtaking as he rolled an audacious shot with the outside of his right boot past Fulham’s Australian keeper.

Relief: Taarabt's two goals inspired QPR's first Premier League victory of the season against Fulham

Relief: Taarabt's two goals inspired QPR's first Premier League victory of the season against Fulham

Having reluctantly sold the Morocco international at Tottenham, Redknapp says he thrilled at the chance of working with Taarabt once again.

And the QPR boss feels the 23-year-old can have a similar impact at Loftus Road as a certain enigmatic Italian had at West Ham.

‘Adel’s like [Paolo] Di Canio, who I thought was a fantastic player, one of the all-time greats at West Ham.

‘Paolo was difficult to handle but he was genius who could win you match and Adel is the same.

‘We always felt that when Adel was at Tottenham. He was always a complete fruitcake at Tottenham. He’s hard work. But he is what he is. I said before that he’s a bit of a nut at times.

New favourite: Harry Redknapp compared Taarabt to Paolo Di Canio, whom he managed at West Ham

New favourite: Harry Redknapp compared Taarabt to Paolo Di Canio (below), whom he managed at West Ham

Harry Redknapp and Paolo Di Canio discuss tactics in a training session at West Ham

‘But his heart’s in the right place, he wants to do well. When I let him go at Spurs, he used to come back and I’d say to him “you’re making me look a fool, Adel!”

‘I kept seeing him on telly, he looked like he was worth 20million, I sold him too cheap!

‘But I never wanted to let him go at Tottenham. I was scared to let him go. I always felt he had a value even if he wasn’t starting.

‘He could still come off the bench and turn a game for you. But it was hard for him to get in the team back then and in the end Daniel [Levy] said: “Look, if he’s not going to play, we might as well sell him and get a big sell-on fee” and that’s what the club did.’

Harry Redknapp will try to keep Queens Park Rangers up

Redknapp: If I get QPR out of this mire it'll be the best achievement of my career

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 2 December 2012

Harry Redknapp says helping QPR stave off relegation would be the greatest achievement of his long career.

The 65-year-old was appointed at the Loftus Road helm a week-and-a-half ago with the remit of keeping the Hoops in the Premier League.

It is a big ask for Redknapp with the west Londoners languishing bottom of the table, while their winless start to the season extended to 15 matches with Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa.

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Asked if keeping QPR up would be his biggest achievement, he said: 'Of course, absolutely from where we are. We will try. It is going to be hard.

'I've taken a big task on here. I know what I've taken on, I'm not a fool. It's going to be difficult but you can only give it your best.'

Redknapp is not new to such a situation and has masterminded several previous relegation escapes, although he failed to do so with Southampton seven years ago.

'It always creates anxiety when you're bottom of the league and can't get a win,' the QPR boss said.

'Football is like life – it is about confidence. When things are going well, you win games and you don't know how you won. You come off thinking “we were rubbish today but we won again”.

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

'Sometimes, like we are at the moment, you play well but you can't get the win and that's how it goes.

'They have shown a good attitude. They've trained hard, worked hard.

'They've all been good, they're good lads. We just need a win, don't we

'We could have got that win on Saturday with a bit of luck. Clint Hill's header I thought was dropping in and if that goes in it's a different game.

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

'We would be back in there, chasing the pack, but we couldn't quite get those three points.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips was recalled to the starting line-up against Villa and produced a far better display than many previously seen in a QPR shirt.

'I think confidence is the key for him,' Redknapp said. 'He has to play with confidence.

'He made some good runs and great ones in the first half, where he should have scored and then hit the post.

'But he bent his runs in off the line and looked lively. He has done well in training and I gave him a chance.'

Rafael Nadal escapes knee operation

Crocked Nadal escapes knee surgery and could be back training in a month

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UPDATED:

19:00 GMT, 5 September 2012

Rafael Nadal will not need surgery and could be back on the practice court in a month's time, according to his doctor.

The world No 3 has been out of action since his shock defeat by Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon and revealed this week he does not expect to return to competition for another two months.

Return: Rafael Nadal could be back in training next month

Return: Rafael Nadal could be back in training next month

Nadal has a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee, which has already caused him to miss the Olympics and the US Open, but Dr Angel Ruiz Cotorro is happy with his progress.

Talking in Barcelona he said: 'We have established through the latest tests that the tendon is responding well to treatment.

'Tendons heal slowly and we propose to continue this treatment and rule out the possibility of surgery.'

Nadal has been dogged by knee problems throughout his career and it would be a surprise if he played again this season, although he could be tempted by a Davis Cup final on clay in November if Spain beat the USA in the semi-finals without him later this month.

Struggle: Nadal has suffered with a knee injury for much of the season and had to pull out of the US Open and the Olympics

Struggle: Nadal has suffered with a knee injury for much of the season and had to pull out of the US Open and the Olympics

But Dr Ruiz Cotorro is confident the injury will not have any long-term effects providing Nadal only returns to the court when the tendon has fully healed.

He said: 'Medicine is not an exact science but, knowing Rafa and how he heals, we believe there is enough time. We need not rush.

'Rafa was on an upward curve when we told him he couldn't participate in the major competitions, and that day he was not happy at all.

'But now he is in a perfect state of mind, wanting to recover and get back in action soon.

'In a period of one month, if the tests are positive, he can resume training.

'But that is not the priority, which is that the tendon recovers its strength.'

Rangers boss Ally McCoist handed suspended ban

McCoist escapes with suspended touchline ban for SFA panel comments

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18:37 GMT, 30 August 2012

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been handed a suspended three-match touchline ban for comments made about the Scottish Football Association judicial panel.

McCoist was found guilty of two of three charges by an SFA fast track tribunal but his punishment is suspended for 12 months.

Chief executive Charles Green escaped with a censure for comments he made in the media claiming 'bigotry' was one of the reasons his newco club were denied entry to the SPL.

Punished: Ally McCoist (centre) has copped a suspended touchline ban

Punished: Ally McCoist (centre) has copped a suspended touchline ban

McCoist was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and not acting in the best interests of football for questioning the independence of the panel that handed Rangers a 12-month transfer embargo in April, before they were consigned to liquidation.

A third charge relating to his demands that the three-man panel's identities were made public was dismissed.

Rangers were censured for Green's comments, made before his newco club made their first appearance on the pitch, in a Ramsdens Cup clash in Brechin last month, since being denied entry to the SPL and voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division.

In response to the transfer ban, which applies after Friday night, McCoist had asked: 'Who are these people I want to know who these people are.

Trouble: Charles Green has also been censured for his comments

Trouble: Charles Green has also been censured for his comments

'I'm a Rangers supporter and the Rangers supporters and the Scottish public deserve to know who these people are, people who are working for the SFA.

'Make no mistake about it, this is an SFA decision. They have appointed the panel, so therefore they are working for the SFA, but who are they

'I think we have a right to know who is handing out this punishment to us, I really do.'

The three panel members were later given security advice by police following alleged threats. McCoist condemned such behaviour but stood by his calls for transparency.

Green's offending comments came as he discussed decisions made over his club's league status.

'Some of it has been driven by bigotry, some of its been driven by jealousy and some of its been driven by all the wrong motives,' Green said.

Branislav Ivanovic escapes ban as John Terry Euro ban reduced

Chelsea cheer as bans are cut: Ivanovic escapes suspensions as Terry sees Euro red cut

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UPDATED:

21:36 GMT, 13 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has received a huge boost from football’s disciplinarians, who have cleared John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic to play in early-season games they expected to miss.

Di Matteo was stunned to discover Ivanovic will not be hit with the standard three-match ban for his red card for a reckless tackle in the FA Community Shield.

Seeing red: Ivanovic is sent off by Kevin Friend

Seeing red: Ivanovic is sent off by Kevin Friend

Flashpoint: Kolarov is floored by Ivanovic

Flashpoint: Kolarov is floored by Ivanovic

A recent rule change — untested until now — has effectively downgraded the Shield to pre-season friendly status, so the Serbia defender can play on Sunday against Wigan.

It also means Chelsea will escape the FA’s automatic 25,000 fine for having five or more players shown cards during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against Manchester City.

Terry, meanwhile, has seen his three-match ban from European football reduced upon appeal by UEFA to two games.

Boost: John Terry's European ban has been reduced by one match to clear him for the Champions League group stages after he was sent off against Barcelona last season (below)

Boost: John Terry's European ban has been reduced by one match to clear him for the Champions League group stages after he was sent off against Barcelona last season (below)

Seeing red: Terry was sent off at the Nou Camp last April by referee Cuneyt Cakir after his foul on Alexis Sanchez

The Chelsea captain, sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez during last season’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, missed the Champions League final in May and will not be eligible for the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid at the end of this month.

Terry can return to lead the team into their defence of the Champions League in their first group game next month.

Euro 2012: Joe Hart devastated by England defeat

Hart left struggling for positives after England crash out on penalties to Italy

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 24 June 2012

Joe Hart was devastated after England were knocked out of Euro 2012 on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Italy in Kiev.

The Manchester City goalkeeper kept the Azzurri out during the preceding 120 minutes but was unable to stop them progressing to a last-four meeting with Germany.

And Hart revealed he thought England had done enough to scrape through.

Beaten: Joe Hart acknowledges the crowd after England's defeat

Beaten: Joe Hart acknowledges the crowd after England's defeat

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He said on Radio Five Live: 'We've gone out of a tournament that we've laid the foundations for really well, played with everything we've got and unfortunately we weren't good enough tonight, losing on penalties.'

England rode their luck on occasion during the match with Italy, twice hitting the woodwork as well as creating a number of other decent chances.

The Azzurri also thought they had won the match six minutes from time only to see Antonio Nocerino's header correctly ruled out for offside.

Contrasting fortunes: Hart congratulates his club team-mate Mario Balotelli

Contrasting fortunes: Hart congratulates his club team-mate Mario Balotelli

Asked if he thought it was going to be England's night after those escapes, Hart said: 'I thought it was going to be our night whether those things didn't happen.

'I thought it was going to be our night because of the side we had, the heart we had, the quality we had, but unfortunately it wasn't to be, we didn't do well in the shoot-out, myself included.'

The City custodian also admitted he was struggling to take many positives from the experience immediately after the match.

Helpless: Hart was unable to save any of Italy's penalties in the shoot-out

Helpless: Hart was unable to save any of Italy's penalties in the shoot-out

'I'd like to be optimistic now but that's not the feeling in my heart at the moment,” he said. 'I'm an emotional guy and I put everything I had into these past couple of weeks.

'I'm gutted for the people who paid money to come out here to support us and see us and for the people back home.'

On how he will reflect back on the tournament overall, Hart added: 'Right now, not well. We'll have to wait and see in a couple of days.'

Carlos Tevez escapes retrospective action from the FA for part in Joey Barton clash

Slap in the face for Barton as Tevez escapes punishment for his part in final day scuffle

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11:49 GMT, 28 May 2012

Carlos Tevez has escaped punishment from the FA for his part in the clash with Joey Barton on the final day of the season.

After the highly charged game between Manchester City and QPR, Joey Barton was handed a 12 match ban for his conduct towards Tevez, Sergio Aguero and City captain Vincent Kompany.

Got away with one: Carlos Tevez (left) escaped punishment for his slap on Joey Barton (right)

Got away with one: Carlos Tevez (left) escaped punishment for his slap on Joey Barton (right)

After Barton was sent off, City went on to record a title winning victory, beating QPR 3-2 with a last-minute Aguero strike.

Nasty: Barton kicked Sergio Aguero after being dismissed

Nasty: Barton kicked Sergio Aguero after being dismissed

The QPR midfielder clocked Tevez with an elbow, and received a straight red card from Mike Dean. He then booted Aguero in the back of the leg before throwing a headbutt in the direction of Kompany.

Beforehand Tevez appeared to strike Barton.

Dean had admitted, had he seen Tevez's actions, he would have sent him off too.

An FA disciplinary commission agreed that the Argentinian should have been dismissed, but will not take further action.

The commission's report, printed in The Times on Monday, read: 'Mr Dean was questioned (by the commission) about the 'Tevez incident' for which Barton was dismissed.

'It was confirmed that neither the referee nor the assistant saw the alleged incident of Mr Tevez striking Mr Barton, although Mr Barton immediately made representations to Mr Dean.

The last laugh: Tevez won the Premier League with Manchester City

The last laugh: Tevez won the Premier League with Manchester City

'That is what happened and such comments by Mr Barton can be clearly seen in the video.

'The commission accept that Mr Barton was aggrieved by the action of Mr Tevez and Mr Dean confirmed that had the incident been seen by the officials as shown by the clip supplied by Mr Barton, it would have been an automatic red card.

The commission find that this does not, however, excuse the subsequent action by Mr Barton in relations to Messers Kompany and Aguero.'

Dereck Chisora released without charge after brawl with David Haye

Chisora escapes police charge over sensational brawl with rival Haye which left 'glassed' trainer with bloodied head

Dereck Chisora has been released by German police without being charged as part of an official investigation into the events of Saturday night's incredible press conference brawl which saw David Haye's manager Adam Booth suffer a nasty facial cut.

Chisora, who threatened to 'shoot' and 'burn' Haye during the melee, was led away by police at Munich airport after attempting to check in for his flight the day after his defeat to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

Chisora and his trainer Don Charles were taken to police headquarters in Munich for questioning but later freed to return home.

Police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht did reveal that Chisora could still face charges of causing grievous bodily harm.

However, police are still searching hours later for Haye, who was not present at the hotel when they sought to question him.

In one picture of the incident, Haye appears to punch Chisora with a bottle of beer in his fist. It is not yet known how Booth suffered the wound.

Chisora and Haye clash during the post-fight press conference (warning: this video contains explicit language)

Head-to-head: Chisora squares up to Haye at the post-fight press conference

Head-to-head: Chisora squares up to Haye at the post-fight press conference

Melee: A bottle opener is see flying through the air (circled) after Haye threw a left hook

Melee: A bottle opener is see flying through the air (circled) after Haye threw a left hook

Clash: Dereck Chisora exchanges blows with David Haye during the post fight press conference

Take that: Haye launches a right hook which catches Chisora on the jaw

'David Haye is not in his hotel, he is not at the airport,' police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told Sky Sports News. “We don't know where he is. “We also want to speak to him about what happened last night. We have to hear both sides of the story.

'It's not a charge against David Haye. We have to report everything what happened last night between (Chisora and Haye). Maybe he (Haye) has gone home, yes. Then maybe we would talk to our colleagues in Great Britain.'

Probe: A police car carrying Chisora arrives at the police headquarters in Munich on Sunday

Probe: A police car carrying Chisora arrives at the police headquarters in Munich on Sunday

Investigation: Chisora was arrested and taken to this police HQ for questions

Investigation: Chisora was arrested and taken to this police HQ for questions

At the post-fight conference, Chisora
mocked the onlooking Haye for his poor performance against Klitschko's
brother Wladimir last year and tried to goad his rival into a future
bout.

Chisora then confronted Haye during the press conference and the two men grappled around the room with onlookers and entourages getting involved.

Bloody mess: Booth suffered a head injury during the brawl after claiming he was glassed

Bloody mess: Booth suffered a head injury during the brawl after claiming he was glassed

Squaring up: Chisora and bloodied Booth exchange words after the brawl

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Armed: A video still appears to show Dereck Chisora holding a bottle

Armed: A video still appears to show Dereck Chisora holding a bottle

At one stage Haye swung a camera
tripod violently at Chisora's trainer Don Charles after trading blows
with him, while Chisora brandished a glass bottle moments later.

Booth somehow suffered a gash on his forehead and claimed to have been 'glassed'.

Police arrived as the incident calmed down and were on hand as Chisora eventually left the arena some time later.

Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police

Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police

Accusation: Haye's trainer Adam Booth claimed he was glassed

Accusation: Haye's trainer Adam Booth claimed he was glassed

The Police spokesman confirmed they were investigating following an bloody brawl which involved accusations of serious assault, sinister threats and damning video footage.

After putting up a decent showing against Klitschko, Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren appeared to be trying to goad Haye into a high-profile fight between the two Londoners.

Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat on the bounce after losing his bout with Klitschko

Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat on the bounce after losing his bout with Klitschko

Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points

Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points

He said: 'David, you and me can get
it on in London. Be quiet. David Haye is an embarrassment. Sky Sports
don't do Box Office because of David Haye. He messed up Box Office for
all the young fighters and I'm going to give him two slaps for that.

'If David Haye is a fighter he should
fight me. Let's fight, me and you. David, how's your toe' Chisora
repeatedly shouted at Haye, referring to the injury he blamed his loss
to Wladimir Klitschko on.

Centre of attention: The Zimbabwe-born boxer has been involved in a number of controversial incidents

Centre of attention: The Zimbabwe-born boxer has been involved in a number of controversial incidents

Line of the law: Police were called to the scene and will launch an official investigation into the brawl

Line of the law: Police were called to the scene and will launch an official investigation into the brawl

Haye, ignoring a low-key win for Chisora last year, retorted: 'You've had three losses in a row (sic).'

Chisora then said: 'Do you want to tell me to my face Tell me to my face!'

Chisora then left the stage,
approached Haye and went nose-to-nose before appearing to push the
former champion and initiate the brawl which lasted at least five
minutes.

While the Klitschkos stood and
watched, Haye left the scene while Booth, with blood running down his
face, shouted at Chisora: 'Derek, man-to-man, I want to know who glassed
me. Someone hit me with a bottle.'
Chisora answered: 'Did you see me with a glass'

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight

Chisora was, in fact, seen with a bottle in his hand, but he was wrestled away by a security guard.

After being confronted by Booth,
Chisora told Haye's trainer-manager: 'If you and David want it (the
fight), then we can do it. Either in the ring or outside the ring. You
let me know. I want it.

'You tell him; his entourage has got nothing on my entourage. I'm going to find him. Your boy had a bottle.'

Even by boxing's often chaotic
standards the unsavoury incident was shocking, drawing gasps and cries
of alarm as those involved fell about the room, knocking equipment over.

Chisora's promoter Warren, labelled the brawl 'ridiculous and stupid'.

Decent showing: Chisora lost on points, but gave Klitschko a run for his money in Munich

Decent showing: Chisora lost on points, but gave Klitschko a run for his money in Munich

'It was unacceptable. It was stupid,' he told BBC Radio 5 Live. 'It doesn't do anyone any favours. It was ridiculous. 'It was a very charged atmosphere. It just got out of hand.'

Warren also called for an inquiry into the scuffle, adding: 'It was something that we can do without in boxing. 'I'd like to see the apropriate inquiry take place.

'People with cool and calm heads need to look at the footage. It was disgusting. 'David should have let Dereck have his moment after what was a gallant performance.'

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith indicated the governing body would launch an investigation.

'It was extremenly disappointing and disgusting really,' he said. 'There will be hearing. I've seen the footage this morning and it doesn't do the sport any good, or Britain. It was like “Brits abroad”.

'The first thing we need to do is find out the facts. 'I will be contacting the German authorities and now the police to get the facts tomorrow. 'I can't say much more at this stage.'

Temperatures rising: Chisora continued to goad his opponent, even after the defeat

Temperatures rising: Chisora continued to goad his opponent, even after the defeat

During the melee, Booth and Haye
criticised the Ukrainians' manager Bernd Boente for not agreeing a fight
between the Englishman and WBC champion Vitali.

After watching the unexpected drama
unfold, Wladimir Klitschko told the BBC: 'I'm totally disappointed, it
went a little too far, the sport of boxing shouldn't be like that.
Bloody faces in the press conference… fighting in the ring, not out.
I'm really surprised.'

A fight between the two domestic
rivals had not been too far-fetched a possibility either after Chisora's
brave showing against Vitali.

Few expected him to last beyond the
opening round, especially after he angered the 40-year-old by slapping
him and the pre-fight weigh-in and then spitting water into brother
Wladimir's face in the ring.

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

But he was composed throughout the
bout and, although he lost comfortably on points (118 – 110 twice and
119-111), he did his chances of becoming a world name no harm at all.

'I came here to fight and that's what
I did and the only thing that beat me today was experience,' he said of
his performance. 'An experienced fighter today won the fight . Did he
hurt me No.'

Chisora also felt he could have done
better than he actually did, adding: 'I'm very disappointed with myself,
I didn't really work my jab, which I wanted to do.

'I'm very disappointed with myself
but you know what I gave a great fight and all the fans at home and all
over the world know that I gave a great fight. I didn't come here to get
paid I came here to win and the only thing that beat me tonight was
experience.'

Haye, who was commentating for
BoxNation, spent the evening calling out Vitali, who he hopes to fight
this summer, despite technically being in retirement.

Rangers in administration: Insolvency expert sees no outcome but liquidation

The end is nigh: Insolvency expert sees no outcome at Ibrox but liquidation

In the dark, depressing world of football insolvency, miracles can happen.

Back in the summer of 1999, administrator Donald McGruther was resigned to Clydebank becoming the first senior Scottish club to die since Third Lanark in 1968 – until last-gasp salvation arrived through the post from Bermuda, in the form of an unexpected cheque for 200,000 from absentee owner John Hall.

While Clydebank were to perish three years later, it was not on the watch of McGruther, who has a 100-per-cent track record of saving clubs – including hauling Falkirk back from provisional liquidation against the odds in 1997 and saving Livingston, who were 24 hours from folding in 2009.

Shock turns to anger: Rangers fans erected an inflatable message for Whyte

Shock turns to anger: Rangers fans
erected an inflatable message for
Whyte

But even a man with such heartening first-hand knowledge of great escapes by financially-ruined Scottish clubs was unable to offer even the merest shred of hope for Rangers.

For the 'showstopping' revelation at the Court of Session on Tuesday that discredited Ibrox owner Craig Whyte has cheated the taxman of 9million since taking over nine months ago has left McGruther and his peers convinced there is no way back now for once-proud Rangers.

'Everyone in the Scottish insolvency profession with any experience of the sporting industry is of the mind that Rangers will end up in liquidation,' McGruther told Sportsmail.

WHAT THEY SAID

I’m not surprised what happened at Rangers. That was on the cards for a quite a while from since that lad took over. It is a tragedy because it is a great football club. I don’t know what will happen there.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON

You wouldn’t think something like this would happen to a club like Rangers. They are of such a size you tend to assume they will find some way out of their troubles. It’s hard to imagine this league without Rangers.

MOTHERWELL'S KEITH LASLEY

No one should take any pleasure from Glasgow
Rangers being in this situation but maybe it’s a
warning to all clubs that football is a business and you have to run a business right.

ST JOHNSTONE BOSS STEVE LOMAS

Down south and across Europe they must be shaking their heads in disbelief to see Rangers, a great institution, in such trouble.

ABERDEEN MANAGER CRAIG BROWN

I hope they find a solution as Scottish football needs a strong Rangers.

HEARTS MANAGER PAULO SERGIO

The club is too big and has too many people behind it to see it die. I’m sure they will do what’s right for it now. It’s a difficult situation for my pal Ally McCoist now, all the focus is on
the off-field stuff.

BRISTOL CITY BOSS DEREK MCINNES

If you think of the actual turnover at Rangers — a club that can turn over so much money, have a worldwide fanbase and the amount of revenue that comes in — for them to be
suffering financially is peculiar.

HIBERNIAN MANAGER PAT FENLON

'Any idiot can go into administration but the real trick is to come out of it and be able to trade properly. The big problem now for Rangers is that HMRC won't compromise on the money they are owed. The news that came out about the new 9m new tax bill was a real showstopper.

'That was unknown until Tuesday and suddenly it becomes fully apparent why HMRC are spitting nails in the direction of Ibrox. To them, that unpaid tax represents hospitals, unemployment benefit, nurses, teachers.

'And if they let Rangers away with it to any extent, what message does that send out, if they are chasing clubs down south for similar offences

'If Rangers are to emerge from administration, and preserve 140 years of history, they must get 75 per cent of unsecured creditors to accept a CVA (Company Voluntary Agreement) deal giving them pence in the pound on what they are owed.

'And if Rangers owe HMRC 50m – and not even the 75m figure floated by Craig Whyte himself – then there must be 150m of other debt somewhere, which creditors are willing to waive. And that is simply not going to be the case.'

Given that Whyte has no money and that the best offer for Rangers Sir David Murray could secure in the five years the club was for sale was a mere 1, the idea of a mystery benefactor riding to the rescue seems ridiculous.

But even if that did happen, McGruther would expect Whyte to be as intransigent as controversial Roman lawyer Angelo Massone was at Livingston.

Hammer blow: Craig Whyte (left) owes HMRC 9m more then first thought

Hammer blow: Craig Whyte (left) owes HMRC 9m more then first thought

'If the man who owns a football club in administration won't sell his shares then the club is finished,' said McGruther, who is director of insolvency at Glasgow firm Mazars.

'What would happen then is that the people taking over Rangers would have to go cap in hand to the SPL to get them to go against their own rules and agree to what is called a “hive-down” – transferring the football licence from Whyte's major shareholding to another company.

'And that is exactly the same process that would need to happen if Rangers went into liquidation.

'Any new “phoenix” company would have no licence to play in the SPL, so Rangers would need to seek a licence from the other clubs.

'Whatever happens from here, it looks to me like Rangers will soon be needing an urgent meeting with the other clubs to get a licence to keep playing in the SPL.'

And that is where it gets extremely interesting for non-Old Firm clubs who, for years, have been frustrated in their attempts to secure a fairer distribution of SPL income.

Uncertain future: Rangers can take heart from other Scottish clubs' pasts

Uncertain future: Rangers can take heart from other Scottish clubs' past

Hearts are currently owed 800,000 by Rangers for the transfer of Lee Wallace last summer, while Dunfermline and Dundee United look like having to forego 80,000 and 100,000 they are owed respectively for ticket revenues from recent games.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, whom Rangers visit on February 26, have already provided Rangers with tickets for their fans and are in discussions with the SPL over recouping the money.

Yet while sympathy for Rangers from fans of these clubs is in short supply, a strong Ibrox side is worth much to SPL clubs, from ticket sales to the share of the 80million television deal with Sky Sports and ESPN, which runs until 2016-17 and whose value is based on four Old Firm matches a season.

And instead of anger within the top-flight board rooms at monies owed in the short term, McGruther believes there will be a growing realisation of the chance to stage a long-awaited revolution.

With Rangers in administration being unable to form their usual voting power block with Celtic, together the other clubs can guarantee the Ibrox club's future participation in the SPL – but at a high price.

Troubling times: Gers manager Ally McCoist (left) is stuck in the middle

Troubling times: Gers manager Ally McCoist (left) is stuck in the middle

He said: 'After years of wanting better shares of television revenue and a fairer split of the gate, I suspect the clubs outwith the Old Firm will be viewing this chance with relish.

'Rangers in administration won't be able to vote and the other clubs may be able to exact a high price for their favour – by starting a Scottish football revolution from below.'

It is a situation which has not escaped Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston.

'It's vital to have a healthy Rangers in the SPL and whatever is to come in the future I hope there is a Rangers in the SPL at the end of it,' he told Sportsmail.

'Would smaller clubs seek to reclaim more powers It's a possibility. But then anything is a possibility right now until things become clearer. This is uncharted territory.

'What would happen without Rangers We would survive. And that would be the same if Celtic moved to another league as well.

'The First Division survives without the Old Firm. It would be just a different level of football. The game would not die without them but the SPL, of course, would be a stronger, more attractive proposition for television and sponsors with a strong Rangers and Celtic. And that is what we hope happens.'