Livingston boss John McGlynn unfazed by transfer ban

John McGlynn at Easter Road
John McGlynn at Easter Road
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Livingston manager John McGlynn is in no mood for panic after his club were hit by an indefinite transfer embargo.

The West Lothian club have been banned by the SPFL from registering players over an allegation of unpaid bonus payments made by former chief executive and director Ged Nixon.

However, McGlynn, who had to contend with similar restraints in his time as Hearts manager, is confident that he has already cobbled together a squad strong enough to compete in the Championship.

He said: “I am happy with the squad we have assembled and have spent the budget so wasn’t looking to add to the squad anyway. I just need to keep my fingers crossed that we don’t get a lot of injuries. I’ve been through this before – I’ve been there and got the T-shirt.”

Nixon, who left his position at Livingston last October and is currently suing his former employers for £311,000 he claims to be owed, is alleged to have paid out a five-figure sum in cash bonus payments to players and officials at the club during the 2010/11 season that slipped under the radar of HM Revenue and Customs.

It is understood a representative of the Championship club’s board issued a letter to both the SFA and SPFL offering such evidence up front regarding Nixon’s actions and, as a result, the club are forbidden from registering any new players until further notice under SPFL rules.

A SPFL spokesman said: “The SPFL has been provided with information by a Livingston Football Club director which indicates a default in relation to HMRC payments.

“Under SPFL rules an embargo on the registration of professional players is automatic in these circumstances.”

Livingston chairman Gordon McDougall said: “It will be a matter going to court in due course. It’s just a distraction and I’ve already written to the SPFL and I will be dealing with it with them.”

The embargo comes just days after Livingston were sanctioned with SFA charges regarding shareholder Neil Rankine’s alleged interest in rival Scottish clubs, Dumbarton and East Fife.