Why Rangers should not be saved.

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.
 

Comments

  1. When accounts are filed at SFA/SPL they should looked over by a qualified accountant. For almost 20yrs Ibrox was listed as an asset in the Ragers accounts, they valued this asset at over £100m. Anyone with a bit of sense could see this was a fanciful valuation that enabled Ragers to peddle the lie that they were solvent, when in reality they were bankrupt.
    Stewart Regan tweeted the other night that scottish football needs Ragers, he dismissed the diddy teams such as Dundee and Airdrie saying they weren’t the same as they are local clubs. This for me exposed something sinester about Mr Regan, up until that point I was prepared to give him the benifit of the doutb, in regards to how SFA would deal with Ragers. After those tweets it got me to thinking about whether Mr Regan is as independant as we all gave him credit for.
    If Ragers are found to be liable for non payment of Tax and misusing EBT’s this raises a difficult question for the SFA. Mr Camble Ogilvie was the finance director at Hearts when they got into dificulties with HMRC, he was also on the board of RFC when the EBT scheme was first set up. What do these two things say about his judgement? Is he really someone that we can rely on to be impartial when it comes to directing the discussions on the future of Ragers?
    We as Celtic fans need to keep having are voices heard and making those in positions of authority know that we will not stand for decisions being taken by a nob and a wink or a funny handshake.

  2. When accounts are filed at SFA/SPL they should looked over by a qualified accountant. For almost 20yrs Ibrox was listed as an asset in the Ragers accounts, they valued this asset at over £100m. Anyone with a bit of sense could see this was a fanciful valuation that enabled Ragers to peddle the lie that they were solvent, when in reality they were bankrupt.
    Stewart Regan tweeted the other night that scottish football needs Ragers, he dismissed the diddy teams such as Dundee and Airdrie saying they weren’t the same as they are local clubs. This for me exposed something sinester about Mr Regan, up until that point I was prepared to give him the benifit of the doutb, in regards to how SFA would deal with Ragers. After those tweets it got me to thinking about whether Mr Regan is as independant as we all gave him credit for.
    If Ragers are found to be liable for non payment of Tax and misusing EBT’s this raises a difficult question for the SFA. Mr Camble Ogilvie was the finance director at Hearts when they got into dificulties with HMRC, he was also on the board of RFC when the EBT scheme was first set up. What do these two things say about his judgement? Is he really someone that we can rely on to be impartial when it comes to directing the discussions on the future of Ragers?
    We as Celtic fans need to keep having are voices heard and making those in positions of authority know that we will not stand for decisions being taken by a nob and a wink or a funny handshake.

  3. The financial doping alone should prevent any parachute but this might present the sfa with a lot of questions, how could this go on for a decade. With no questions asked

  4. The financial doping alone should prevent any parachute but this might present the sfa with a lot of questions, how could this go on for a decade. With no questions asked

  5. The argument that we’re starting to get about why any newco should be allowed back into the spl with, at most, a slap on the wrist, is that we’ll lose our tv deal. Is this the same tv deal that sees the league winners get just over 1 million and ensures that we can’t compete in transgers with teams from the English first division?
    In the recent ‘discussion’ with the fans about what we wanted to see changing about the game, the majority were in favour of a larger league and playing each other fewer times. Again we were told that this couldn’t happen because of the tv deal.
    Instead of seeing rangers going bust as a bad thing surely they can seize the opportunity to reform the league into something that the fans want to go see, thereby raising the crowds at games. Less games at inconvenient times, ie half twelve at Inverness or Aberdeen when you’re getting a pitch inspection two after fans have already left.
    When platini is wanting to transform European football’s finances so that teams are more sustainable and can’t simply buy their way to success on the back of rich owners and a mounain of debt as is happening now, surely we can use this opportunity to ensure Scotland has a head start for a change.
    I suspect we would see a drop in revenue for a few years but we have this chance to come out the other side with a national game we can be proud of.

  6. The argument that we’re starting to get about why any newco should be allowed back into the spl with, at most, a slap on the wrist, is that we’ll lose our tv deal. Is this the same tv deal that sees the league winners get just over 1 million and ensures that we can’t compete in transgers with teams from the English first division?
    In the recent ‘discussion’ with the fans about what we wanted to see changing about the game, the majority were in favour of a larger league and playing each other fewer times. Again we were told that this couldn’t happen because of the tv deal.
    Instead of seeing rangers going bust as a bad thing surely they can seize the opportunity to reform the league into something that the fans want to go see, thereby raising the crowds at games. Less games at inconvenient times, ie half twelve at Inverness or Aberdeen when you’re getting a pitch inspection two after fans have already left.
    When platini is wanting to transform European football’s finances so that teams are more sustainable and can’t simply buy their way to success on the back of rich owners and a mounain of debt as is happening now, surely we can use this opportunity to ensure Scotland has a head start for a change.
    I suspect we would see a drop in revenue for a few years but we have this chance to come out the other side with a national game we can be proud of.

  7. Excellent blog James. The SPL can cope fine without Rangers. Talk of loss of TV rights, who is gonny miss their shit deals anyway. Celtic getting around 2m a season, thats peanuts to us. Just worry about the smaller clubs voting in some kind of favour fearful of what their losses may be 🙁

  8. Excellent blog James. The SPL can cope fine without Rangers. Talk of loss of TV rights, who is gonny miss their shit deals anyway. Celtic getting around 2m a season, thats peanuts to us. Just worry about the smaller clubs voting in some kind of favour fearful of what their losses may be 🙁

  9. The bottom line is they broke the rules and must be punished. If they are allowed to come straight back into the SPL in a different guise, it sends out the message there is no repercussion for this type of irresponsible management and spending if you’re just gonna be allowed to wipe your debts and come back in. Plus it’s unfair to the First Divsion club that has earned a right to play in the SPL through their football on the pitch, should a team mismanaged off the pitch take their place.

    1. you stupid stupid stupid person, do you not remeber celic 1994, downa nd out and got saved from being right out of football, yes it happeend so popen your eys and showm some respect to the fact that Celtic were in the same boat, Total idiot

      1. See the next time you call someone stupid make sure your composition is correct.
        And just to put you right. We saved our club not like you’re support who stood by and let it happen.
        Adios and good bye Rangers.

  10. The bottom line is they broke the rules and must be punished. If they are allowed to come straight back into the SPL in a different guise, it sends out the message there is no repercussion for this type of irresponsible management and spending if you’re just gonna be allowed to wipe your debts and come back in. Plus it’s unfair to the First Divsion club that has earned a right to play in the SPL through their football on the pitch, should a team mismanaged off the pitch take their place.

    1. you stupid stupid stupid person, do you not remeber celic 1994, downa nd out and got saved from being right out of football, yes it happeend so popen your eys and showm some respect to the fact that Celtic were in the same boat, Total idiot

      1. See the next time you call someone stupid make sure your composition is correct.
        And just to put you right. We saved our club not like you’re support who stood by and let it happen.
        Adios and good bye Rangers.

  11. Comments like Greigs make me all the more positive that Scotland’s Shame must be romoved.
    The team that can only cheat they’re way to cups and titles then declare themselves world beaters.
    TicToc.

  12. Comments like Greigs make me all the more positive that Scotland’s Shame must be romoved.
    The team that can only cheat they’re way to cups and titles then declare themselves world beaters.
    TicToc.

  13. the edminston drive management have for 20 odd seasons pulled a flanker on scottish football ! – FACT ! the sfa and spl must deal with the fact ! , OTHER SCOTTISH CLUBS have played by the sfa/spl guidelines -FACT ! – so the other clubs must act to ensure they get rewarded for winning their prospected leagues – FACT ! , and the custodians of scottish football must back their members 100% and not bail out any club who have not stuck to the rules ? so lets get logical on this issue and as the old book says ” LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME ” the ibrox club have blatantly broke the rules to gain an advantage over fellow clubs and must pay to allow the other clubs to progress within the system !!

  14. the edminston drive management have for 20 odd seasons pulled a flanker on scottish football ! – FACT ! the sfa and spl must deal with the fact ! , OTHER SCOTTISH CLUBS have played by the sfa/spl guidelines -FACT ! – so the other clubs must act to ensure they get rewarded for winning their prospected leagues – FACT ! , and the custodians of scottish football must back their members 100% and not bail out any club who have not stuck to the rules ? so lets get logical on this issue and as the old book says ” LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME ” the ibrox club have blatantly broke the rules to gain an advantage over fellow clubs and must pay to allow the other clubs to progress within the system !!

  15. Rangers(MURRAY) have disgraced the whole of Scotland and Scottish football (not their fans may i haste). I believe they could go the way of Third Larnark. If this happens short term Scottish football will struggle however Longterm better Scottish football players will come to the fore as the young blood will be spread amongst a lot more teams and they will be played more as teams cut their cloth accordingly. We may just see a better National team and say a decade or so the crowds will come back spread out and money will be injected through the selling of young talent.
    Murray stories are even breaking about rusty old metal bought world wide by Murray metals and sold to North sea for massive profits when it has not the quality to be there.
    WHO let Murray destroy this football instituation Probably the BANK and a FSA investigation needs instigated pure financial prudence for one. This whole situation stinks of fraud from Murray to the bank to the SFA someone must hold thier hand up and say who was accountable for financial checks on this business/football club possibly HMRC?

  16. Rangers(MURRAY) have disgraced the whole of Scotland and Scottish football (not their fans may i haste). I believe they could go the way of Third Larnark. If this happens short term Scottish football will struggle however Longterm better Scottish football players will come to the fore as the young blood will be spread amongst a lot more teams and they will be played more as teams cut their cloth accordingly. We may just see a better National team and say a decade or so the crowds will come back spread out and money will be injected through the selling of young talent.
    Murray stories are even breaking about rusty old metal bought world wide by Murray metals and sold to North sea for massive profits when it has not the quality to be there.
    WHO let Murray destroy this football instituation Probably the BANK and a FSA investigation needs instigated pure financial prudence for one. This whole situation stinks of fraud from Murray to the bank to the SFA someone must hold thier hand up and say who was accountable for financial checks on this business/football club possibly HMRC?

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