Taxi Eileen Steven Malcolm told lawyers he had no links to Steven "Bonzo" Daniel – although he referred to the gangster for VIP treatment at Rangers Match.
The controversial businessman, also known as the Fat Fund, invited the boss to his hospitality package at Ibrox a few hours before Daniel was a victim of the MacTah attack.
Malcolm was even driven by Daniel to the game against Aberdeen in May 2017.
But despite the relationship between them, the millionaire rabbi recruited London lawyers Simkins nine months later to claim that he was "absolutely not" with the king.
The 55-year-old, who owns several taxi companies, including Glasgow Private, also told the media ambassador, "IPSO," that he does not know Daniel "personally" after telling us about his links with the boss crime.
Now that six people had been found guilty in the Glasgow Supreme Court in an attempt to murder Daniel, we could reveal the length Malcolm had taken to prevent the exposure of his gangland association.
Makor said: "Malcolm has always tried to deny that he has connections with criminals, even though he is known to one of the underworld's underworld."
Malcolm hired Simkins to deny that he had a relationship with Daniel because he feared that public money contracts granted to his friends by local authorities could be at risk.
His taxi companies, which also include Penny Cars, Paisley Mass Co and Lanarkshire Private Hire, rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds providing service to students and other vulnerable people.
Politicians have previously raised concerns that the public is at risk because of Malcolm's connections with the criminal underworld.
In July 2017, two months after Daniel was attacked by men connected to Lyon's crime family, we discovered that Malcolm had acquired KeyCars, a company closely associated with the corrupt criminal boss.
The deal took place three years after we had filmed Malcolm from Glasgow's private office with Daniel and drug dealer Mark Richardson, who had spent more than eight years on guns.
In January 2018, we started Danielle to leave the Malcolm Phoenix office, in Appelhall, to Lancashire.
This story spurred the businessman to contact Simkins, who claimed that the use of Malcolm and Daniel along with Richardson "mistakenly mistakenly has a connection between our client and Mr. Daniel, who is repeatedly described in articles as" crime boss "and" ; A crime kingpin, when in fact there is no such connection. "
Simkins also said: "Contrary to the allusion of the articles and the photograph used, our client has no links, and is by no means related, Steven Daniel."
Malcolm's lawyers demanded that we print an apology, damages and agreed not to reconnect him to Daniel.
Two months later, Malcolm filed a complaint with the IPSO.
He claimed that Daniel was known only to him "by virtue of a small network of people involved in the operation of taxis in Glasgow and not in personal capacity."
His complaint, which was made for reasons of accuracy, was rejected.
Another appeal also failed.
Six men – Brian Ferguson, 37, Andrew Galach, 40, Robert Pickett, 54, John Hardy, 35, Andrew Sinclair, 32, and Peter Bain, 45 – were last week accused of trying To murder Daniel in an attack near the M8 in Glasgow in May 2017.
During his trial, the boss committed a crime on his movements on the night of the attack.
Daniel told how he picked Malcolm up and drove him to Ibrox, where he was his guest.
The court was playing CCTV footage of his vehicle stopping at the parking lot and Malcolm coming out.
Only a few hours later, Daniel – who described himself as the "office manager" of the Cakers company – was attacked after the group surrendered him to a surveillance device.
Simkins and Malcolm were in touch with the response but did not respond.