Former football star Dean Windass is embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings.
A specialist judge oversaw a preliminary Bankruptcy Court hearing in London on Monday, the Press Association reported.
Tax officials say he owes more than £150,000.
Windass, 47, who comes from Hull, was not at the hearing but was represented by barrister Sri Carmichael.
Another hearing is scheduled for December.
His 22-year-old son Josh, also a striker, plays for Rangers.