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My mate is a taxi driver and he's just had Regan in the back of his cab.

He wanted to speak to him but he was on the phone to someone called 'Peter' who might have been the same guy he was speaking to the other night.

Regan said "They are appealing Peter, what should I do?"

He then said "Is that legal?"

then "But Peter, how is that going to look to the outside world?"

"You mean we don't have to tell them you were on the panel or even release minutes?"

"Oh Peter - you are a genius, see you at the Opus meeting tonight, the drinks are on me"

He was then dropped off at the Carfin grotto.

Not sure if this is relevant but I thought I would share it anyway.

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Matt Slater ‏ @mattslaterbbc

SFA timeline: 'note of reason' sent to #RFC 24-48hrs then 3 days to lodge appeal. That appeal heard by new 3-man panel appeal comprised of ex-players/managers/officials from SFA's disciplinary 'cab rank', will be chaired by QC/judge/

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Rangers demand urgent appeal hearing over SFA sanctions

By Matt Slater - BBC sports news reporter

A Scottish Football Association panel could hear an appeal against the sanctions imposed on Rangers as early as next week.

On Monday Rangers were fined £160,000 and banned from registering new players over the age of 18 for 12 months.

And the club's major shareholder Craig Whyte was hit with a lifetime ban from Scottish football and fined £200,000.

But it is the player registration ban that has caused most concern for the club's administrators Duff & Phelps.

"It is the sheer lack of any commercial sense to this ruling that has shocked us," a source close to the club's emergency regime told the BBC.

"It is a bit like a court telling the administrator of an engineering company that they can survive but they're not allowed to trade any stock.

"The buying and selling of players is a fundamental activity for any club, and any person with even a hint of commercial acumen will be greatly alarmed by this ruling, and the prospect of what might come next."

The source said the transfer ban would make it almost impossible for Rangers to field a competitive team next season, and that could have a serious impact on gate receipts and sponsorship revenues.

It would also seriously hinder Rangers' chances of the early return to European competition that they so badly need to balance their books.

Given the precariousness of the situation, Duff & Phelps has already written to the SFA to demand "an expedited appeal" to the ruling, as well as asking for more clarity on what the ruling means.

As it happens, the SFA is obliged to send the club a "note of reason" to explain how it reached this verdict within the next 48 hours.

The club, as is normal in disciplinary matters, then has three working days to lodge a request for an appeal. Once that is received, the governing body appoints a new three-man panel to hear the appeal.

An SFA spokesman said the panel will be comprised of experts from a "cab-rank system" that numbers "hundreds of retired officials, administrators, ex-managers and former players".

This panel would be chaired by a QC or senior judge, and could be up-and-running as early as next week.

Any further delay to this process would have grave repercussions for Rangers' hopes of emerging from their current crisis.

The administrators, who have been running the Glasgow giants since 14 February, had hoped to name a preferred bidder for the club on Monday.

But that deadline came and went, like many before, and any hope of proceeding towards an exit from administration under a new owner looks unlikely while future penalties for the club continue to arrive.

The SFA's action was a response to a number of misdemeanours by the club and its majority shareholder Craig Whyte, mostly dating from his takeover last May.

But there is also a series of Scottish Premier League penalties that will be voted on at the end of this month, and the small matter of an imminent verdict from a tax tribunal that could see a £75m tax bill arrive at Ibrox.


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