Celtic Fans React To Kevin Muscat Link After EBT Story Resurfaces

Earlier today, we reported that former Rangers defender Kevin Muscat has been linked with the assistant manager role at Celtic. Muscat played at Ibrox in the 2002/03 season, when the club were using forbidden EBT schemes, which by Alex McLeish’s (Rangers manager at the time) own admission enabled the ‘Gers to compete with an exceptional Celtic side. Many Scottish football supporters feel that trophies won by Rangers during that period should have an asterisk placed beside them, meanwhile the club was liquidated in 2012 after being unable to pay a massive resultant tax bill.

Muscat’s Rangers past was always likely to prompt a hesitant reaction from a small section of the Celtic support. However, many club legends began life as Rangers fans and that fact has never been an issue with the vast majority of the Celtic faithful. Indeed, the names of Jock Stein, Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain all slot into this category. Meanwhile, former Rangers players such as Alfie Conn and Kenny Miller were welcomed to Paradise with open arms.

With that in mind, it is not Muscat’s status as a Rangers treble winner that has angered some supporters, but rather his involvement with the former Glasgow club during the EBT years. Although, other fans feel that the matter has nothing to do with Celtic. Here’s just some of the mixed responses:

The discussion has exploded across social media after a 2017 article by Football Alive resurfaced. Titled “Muscat and Moore due to repay £2.1 million to HMRC”, the story revealed the following information:

“Former Oldco Rangers players Craig Moore and Kevin Muscat are liable for the tax they avoided through side letters known as Employment Benefit Trusts (EBT) when they played for the liquidated Ibrox club.

BDO who handled the liquidation of Oldco Rangers lost their appeal over the side letters in the Supreme Court and now have to retrieve revenue that was avoided during the Sir David Murray era.

“Melbourne Victory manager Kevin Muscat received £1 million pounds via EBT in a Rangers career that spanned just 22 games, meaning that his wages were topped up by an incredible £40,000 per game.”

There is a clear divergence in the views of the Celtic faithful. One thing’s for sure, the debate will be relentless until the new coaching staff is confirmed.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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