We are starting to witness the end of Rangers FC and the beginning of a campaign by the media and football bodies in Scotland to allow a new company to immediately join the SPL in the event that Rangers go into liquidation.
The argument seems to be that every other club would loose money and our TV deal with various companies would die. I beg to differ. With the collapse of this poor TV deal the other SPL clubs could either form SPL TV or allow clubs to sell their TV and other broadcast rights individually. This is a new communications era so there are plenty of outlets available to get your product out there and for it to generate better money than clubs are already earning. It just requires a bit of imagination and reorganisation.
This could actually bring about a renaissance in Scottish football. If we get the media deals right and clubs adopt sustainable business models which will have to rely heavily on growing our own youth players then the future is bright. This can all be achieved without Rangers being part of the SPL for a few years. I’ve nothing against a new Rangers forming and working their way through the leagues and returning to the SPL. I think it is really important to the integrity of Scottish football that things pan out this way if Rangers do become extinct.
I also so see it as a benefit to Scottish society as a whole if this current Rangers go to the wall. Below is a list of what RFC have brought to Scottish football and Scottish society in general. Some of the points may seem harsh but they are sadly fact.
This is a club that have gave Scottish football the following:
- Operating a sectarian signing policy for most of their existence.
- No Apology to the RC community in Scotland for that policy.
- Alleged Financial doping.
- Alleged Tax scams.
- Causing the near collapse of Scottish football by spending money they did not have and forcing other clubs into the same situation.
- A support that is a constant embarrassment when travelling outside Scotland.
- Campaigns of hatred and terror by their fans which could have ended in maiming or loss of life.
- Acting like a Unionist political institution rather than a football club
As I said harsh but true. Now here are the positives if this club go to the wall and return to division 3.
- An major blow to sectarianism in Scottish football
- Bigger pool of young players available to clubs
- A chance to properly re-evaluate business models in Scottish football including: Tighter financial controls to help clubs become sustainable, More scrutiny of transfer spending as a proportion to turnover, Limits on debt as a proportion of turnover.
- More sustainable youth development.
- Better chances of smaller clubs to play in Europe
- Other SPL clubs will have a chance to earn more money by finishing further up the league
- Higher attendances for other clubs
- The end of the Old Firm tag
- A new start for Scottish football with no sectarian element or agenda
- A far more competitive SPL
- A boost to the 3rd division (joke)
So over the next few months you will be fed a line by the Scottish media and footballing bodies that catastrophe awaits us all if Rangers die and a Rangers New co are not allowed into the SPL at the expense of a first division club. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the only way to go. We urge Celtic fans who believe their is a better way forward to engage with other SPL fans and ask them to consider the merits of SPL life without RFC. If they feel that it is better for the long term that a Rangers new co should start from the bottom division they should put pressure on their boards not to allow a new company into the SPL.