Much has been made of Bolton Wanderers’ financial demise, and things are getting beyond desperate for the Trotters.

Players were only paid that February wages last week, and they avoided a winding-up order in September. They may not be so lucky this time though.

HMRC are seeking an unpaid £1.2million tax bill from Wanderers, with the club heading to the High Court tomorrow to learn their fate. Unless Ken Anderson can find a buyer, Bolton risk administration and a 12-point deduction.

There are even fears that Bolton could be liquidated, though that is an extreme worst case scenario. If that was to happen, it would re-shape the play-off race, including Preston’s fate.

Bolton Wanderers’ Josh Magennis competing with Preston North End’s Alan Browne. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

As reported by Alan Nixon, if Bolton are liquidated – which seems unlikely, it should be pointed out again – then their results would be wiped out from the Championship.

After a 2-2 draw and a 2-1 win, Preston would stand to lose four points. Conversely, Derby have played them just once and lost, meaning they wouldn’t lose any points – and would head back into the top six.

Bristol City would lose four points too, whilst Sheffield Wednesday would be hit hard, losing six points. Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest would all lose three points each. That would push North End back to two points away from the top six, potentially damaging the club’s play-off hopes.

Of course, Bolton’s livelihood is the real matter here, and we hope they can find a solution to their woes, but an unlikely liquidation could have a big impact on North End’s season.

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