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Lennon: Strip Gers of titles if guilty

Neil Lennon wants to see Rangers stripped of titles- just like the Tour de France drug cheats.

The Ibrox club are currently in licence talks with the SFA about having the membership of Rangers transferred to Charles Green's newco.

Part of the deal is that the new club accepts the fines and penalties that were applied to Rangers before liquidation.

The SPL and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs both have on-going inquires into undeclared payments to players and staff dating back to 1998.

HMRC are looking at a payment of upto €90m of tax, interest and penalties with the football authorities able to reverse all results in matches involving players who had dual contracts which would see Rangers stripped of the 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 SPL titles.

"Six months ago Alberto Contador was stripped of the 2010 Tour de France title and it was given to Andy Schleck," Lennon (above) explained. "That is the right way to do it. It makes no difference to Andy Schleck but in historical terms he was the rightful winner of the Tour de France because he did it within the laws of the sport."

Lennon was a player in 2003 and 2005 as Martin O'Neill's side lost the title on the last day to Rangers. The pain of those days will never be forgotten but some retrospective punishment would provide the hoops boss with some comfort.

"I can't get that title or feeling back," he added. "It won't make a huge dent on my life from here on in. It would look a lot better on my CV right enough. I wouldn't want the medals, though, just the recognition. That would be enough for me.

"We are in the game for the glory. Once that happens the money comes with it. The more successful you are then the more money you get.

"But when you are growing up, all you want to do is to play football for a big club and to win things. That never changes."

Rangers/Sevco are due to play their first match of the season next Saturday away to Brechin in the Ramsdens Cup which is exclusively for Scottish Football League clubs.