The club have disputed the amount they owe the taxman, but a spokesman later admitted they were finalising a deal with HM Revenue and Customs.
Fans were quick to support the club though. John Macmillan, general secretary of the Rangers Supporters Association, said: "If HMRC are going to send in the sheriff officers if the club fights its corner, that says more about them than it does about Rangers."
Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, added: "Normally the sight of sheriff officers going into Ibrox would be seen as a PR disaster.
"But to use this tactic when talks were so clearly well advanced is a very poor reflection on HMRC.
"It smacks of grandstanding." The row began after new owner Whyte's team discovered an outstanding tax liability of £2.8million as they went through the club's books.
New owner, Craig Whyte was aware of the tax bill when he took over the club - a bill that dates back to the time of Dick Advocat but an issue has arisen over the amount of interest and charges Customs want to add to the original bill - thought to be about £1.4 million.
As this dispute looks set to be resolved more worryingly for Rangers fans is that they still face a far more serious fight with the taxman - over a £24million claim involving offshore payments to players. Whyte was also aware of this issue when he took over at Ibrox with officials at the club confident of winning the case.In reality they probably can't afford not to.