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Detectives raid Mike Ashley's Sports Direct HQ

Detectives investigating the alleged fraudulent purchase of Rangers have raided Mike Ashley's Sports Direct headquarters. Officers from Police Scotland travelled to Shirebrook in Derbyshire as part of the ongoing investigation into the acquisition of the Ibrox side.

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Former owner Craig Whyte appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court in November charged with involvement in a fraudulent scheme under the Companies Act 2006.

The investigation is ongoing and led Police Scotland officers, assisted by Derbyshire police, to search the Sports Direct base.

Newcastle United owner Ashley has a stake of almost 9% in Rangers.

"We can confirm that officers carried out a search of a property in Derbyshire. As this is part of a live inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

– Police Scotland

"The premises of Sports Direct at Shirebrook were visited by Police Scotland conducting an investigation relating to Glasgow Rangers FC and various persons previously employed by and or associated with Rangers. The police investigation is not directed at Sports Direct or at any of its directors or employees. The police were seeking documentation which might assist the investigation. Sports Direct has co-operated fully and will continue to co-operate in the provision of information that the police request."

– Sports Direct statement

Newcastle loanees 'need to play' at Rangers

John Carver says the five Newcastle United players who joined Rangers on loan have made the move because "they need to play".

Midfielders Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic and defenders Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Shane Ferguson all joined the Glasgow giants on loan from Newcastle this week.


Berwick Rangers prepare for biggest league game in club's history

Berwick Rangers are used to playing in front of home crowds of around 400 people, but this weekend they will host the biggest league game in the team's history.

The newly-formed Rangers Football Club, which was demoted from the Scottish Premier League after becoming insolvent, is coming to Berwick on Sunday. The Scottish Third Division game kicks off at 12pm and is likely to earn the smaller club thousands of pounds.