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By ESPN Staff
Feb 21, 2012

Nimmo to plumb depths of Gers affair

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) have appointed Lord William Nimmo Smith to chair their inquiry into recent activities at Rangers.

Lord Nimmo Smith has served as an insolvency Judge and was one of five judges who heard the appeal of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in 2002.

The SFA announced the inquiry on Friday - three days after Rangers went into administration.

The probe will focus specifically on whether there have been any breaches of their Articles of Association, relating to rules regarding whether club officials are "fit and proper" to hold such positions.

The SFA announced their independent panel would also include Professor Niall Lothian, a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and Bob Downes, who is deputy chairman of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan will also sit on the panel. The governing body revealed that Regan met Lord Nimmo Smith on Tuesday to define the terms of reference for the investigation.

The inquiry team have been handed the same powers as the SFA to investigate the potential breach of their rules and have been asked to report to the board within two weeks.

Regan said: "I am delighted Lord Nimmo Smith has agreed to chair the independent inquiry.

"I am certain the experience contained within the panel will enable us to achieve more clarity on the situation regarding Rangers FC.

"There will be no further comment on the investigation until it is complete and its findings presented to the board."

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