Livingston asked for more Neil Rankine evidence

Livingston must make legal submissions by December 8. Pic: SNS
Livingston must make legal submissions by December 8. Pic: SNS
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Livingston have been ordered by the Scottish Football Association to provide further written evidence to the judicial panel in the case of majority shareholder Neil Rankine’s reported interest with East Fife.

However, the charges relating to Rankine’s ties with Championship rivals Dumbarton were dropped at yesterday’s hearing at Hampden Park.

Rankine, whose company Livingston 5 Ltd owns 50 per cent of the shares at the West Lothian club, had been accused of having a vested interest in both Dumbarton and League Two outfit, East Fife. However, the SFA are satisfied there is no case to answer with regards to Dumbarton, whose holding company is said to owe Rankine £200,000.

The club were docked five points for defaulting on tax obligations and are now seven points adrift of second-bottom Cowdenbeath.

Club chairman Gordon McDougall told the Evening News: “It’s maybe a tad optimistic to expect to get away with the lot but, at the end of the day, it depends on the judicial panel. I am hopeful but they can have whatever view they want.

“The legal submissions must now be in by December 8 for consideration by the panel. In other words, that is the three days of evidence from the lawyers for the panel to then judge on. But it could go to another meeting as they told us yesterday as they may want another day to go over things.”

On this pitch, Livingston are inactive this weekend due to the Scottish Cup.