'And The Cry Was No Defenders'

Who remembers the halcyon days of Scottish football?! You know the ones when great institutions and their fans were protected from the reality of any given situation, when they were afforded the benefit of preferential treatment and when they were both powerful and feared.
Those days must seem like ultra distant memories nowadays for fans of the club formerly known as Rangers F.C., very distant memories…in fact light years ago!
Truth be known, they are still getting preferential treatment, it’s just no longer is considered as either acceptable or inevitable by the other proud clubs in Scottish football.
The preferential, ‘special’, treatment is just now, more open and more desperate, more blatant and more sinister than ever. You tell me if you know of another club (who incidentally died by the way!!) who would have threats and fear-mongering lies dished out on their behalf, who would still get to call the shots and to canvass opinions and negotiate their punishments of choice and who could continue to breach even the most basic of rules, yet have a blind eye and a death ear turned on their latest misdemeanours?
But more than any of the, by now, predictably corrupt and frankly unforgivable measures of assistance given to this ‘deceased’ club by governing bodies, it’s the media’s desperate, sinister and sympathetic approach to Zombie F.C.’s ‘after-life’ existence that most pains and offends me.
See until now I have tried to playfully correct all of those media figures who continually perpetuate the myth of Rangers still existing and I have understood it to be as much of a marketing and a sales tactic as a serious defiance of the bare facts of the matter, lets face it Rangers in West Scotland, sold papers, lots of them, they attracted listeners and viewers and they were the stable diet of many mainstream media personalities with a taste for succulent meat dishes, particularly of the lamb variety. That’s why I was at least half willing to accept their lack of courage and of straight talking, now however I am not so forgiving.
You see, I overheard the sympathetic voices of both Fraser Wishart and of Gordon Smith on Clyde One Super-Scoreboard, that was the last straw; even after all that’s happened and after all of the desperate measures and morally reprehensible assistance afforded to that club, still the propaganda machine was in full flow.
Rangers are a huge club, Rangers contribute so much to the game, Rangers bring so much to the economy not only of our game but to the nation as a whole, Rangers flew the flag for Scottish football, in four European Finals no-less oh and that Rangers allowed other clubs the fiscal means to improve their squads and their employment standards as a whole…all false and all easily countered by more reasoned debate.
Rangers WERE  a huge club, course that is far easier to achieve when assisted by the authorities to such a degree, but now they are dead…SEVCO have purchased the corporate assets of the club and have laid claim to the ‘spirit’ and the ‘heart’ of the club. Big deal, that is but a trademark and a stadium, a name and tainted reputation, the old club died and with it went anything of genuine worth.
Rangers contribution to the game is a strange one, yes I agree and no I don’t. You would be a fool not to understand that Rangers as they were brought great interest to our game, more obviously to ourselves but also to Aberdeen, Dundee United and Hibs with whom they had great rivalries, it added spice and it made selling our game that little bit easier for the suits. They did however bring many, many negatives to the table, more than required to counteract the pros they delivered upon. Take the sectarian signing policy, the childish ‘Orange strip’ stunts, the removal of salt and vinegar crisps and of peparamis’ because of their green coloured packaging, the hasty withdrawal of a classic recipe because the egg dish had a name with a tentative Papal connection and all this long before we discuss their following riotous and disorderly behaviour, their sectarian singing and their tasteless chants regarding child abuse, long before we discuss what they’ve taken and how thieving it was in its intent of cheating the game (at home and abroad), their rivals of honours and even the integrity of our game. I’ll make mention of the public purse a little later!
Ok, so not so much later as now…the club that brought so much to our economy, they cheated the paper store, the child entertainers, the corporate gift companies, charities, colleges and many, many more, most notably the public purse. Through the tax avoidance of the EBT scheme, which has been found by HMRC to have been illegitimately used to the tune tens of millions of pounds, perhaps even hundreds of millions. The economy of both our and foreign football clubs may have suffered through the lack of full and timeous payments of monies as they fell due but that is dwarfed by the impact of the clubs failure to pay tax…the very necessary funds generated from us all as individuals and as companies that goes towards paying for our schools, emergency services, benefits and health care services, our roads, our local authority housing and our governmental democracy. But yes I suppose, they bring fans and with it interest to our game and it’s undeniable that they ‘indirectly’ and in part generated a certain level of economic boost…but then if you asked the city of Manchester about the economic boost they received they may differ, this mob giveth and taketh away. Strathclyde Police said as much when discussing the economic and social cost of policing the Old Firm fixture…who am I to argue huh?!
Barcelona where the locals were absolutely disgusted by the behaviour, or the lack of it, of the Rangers fans who behaved in a thuggish and improper manner, Manchester as I already alluded to and in the shame the club themselves have brought upon the reputation of our game by virtue of this entire financial doping and tax evasion saga…is that really bringing any credit to the reputation of our game, is that a flag we really want flown for Scottish football?! After all of the great work done by the Tartan Army, I think personally that it’s an affront to our country not just our game that they have behaved so improperly.
By virtue of Rangers financial doping a whole raft of clubs had behaved irresponsibly and to spend beyond their means, not even on their own Larssons, Suttons or Laudrups but on second-rate Jonny Foreigner who was too sub standard for the English leagues but exotic enough to appeal to the fans desire for international aspirations of their clubs. In fact if the debt which threatens the very existence of our clubs, is anything for their fans to be thankful of Rangers for then I will gladly eat my hat. The only ones to benefit from Rangers financial committment and prudence are the many lawyers and insolvency agencies who are now ‘clearing up’ in respect of this mess.
Not only was this propaganda shamelessly peddled by the panel but also the ‘old classic’ lines, the immortal cries of a complicit media…’it wasn’t the fans fault, why should they be punished?’ and ‘there comes a time for the blood lust and the agendas to be set a-side. Have we not done enough’.
God where do I even start with this nonsense?!
Barclays! They were fined £300m recently for fixing rates, £300m!! Now that’s a whopping punishment I’m sure you’ll agree, but how knowledgable of the misdemeanours were all of the banks shareholders and customers?…I’d hazard a guess that they had no knowledge at all. Did that stop the FSA from levying a hefty fine which shook the stock market value of the bank and which had direct implications for the many thousands of innocent shareholders and more indirectly may have long-lasting effects on the competitiveness of the bank when providing suitably priced products to their custom base. How dare the FSA regulate the banks, how very dare they!
When John Terry, Paul Gascoigne and many, many other players fell foul of the on-field rulebook and incurred suspensions which kept them out of cup finals, was the punishment unjust?! Did the fans do anything wrong? Did they indeed not suffer?
How could this be allowed to happen? How could the rules of the game permit the mistreatment of the fans by way of upholding, well erm, the rules of the game?! It’s frankly scandalous that sporting integrity can be made to levy punishment of wrong doing, the club be punished because of the player, the clubs being punished because of the national associations wrongdoings, how in god’s name is this possible?! It’s just not fair…such I say, is life!
Now on the subject of punishments, remembering that Barclays were fined £300m and that people have seen the inside of jail cells for like crimes, how exactly the fans of the club formerly known as Rangers can feel hard done to, is quite beyond me.
To-date Rangers were given a tawdry £160k fine and a one year transfer embargo that restricted them from signing players aged over 18 years. The transfer embargo was of course successfully appealed, through means unapproved by the rules of association, but glossing over that fact, it would also appear that the successful court action had such an effect as to permit the SFA a chance to forget about the punishment and to hope the whole affair went away, like a bad dream becomes apparently not real the following morning. It appears the SFA have plans to duck out of further punishments, after all they did say suspension or termination of membership seemed “excessive”, how could they then pick one of said punishments?!
Those punishments, well that small financial punishment and the retracted transfer embargo are all the ‘punishments’ dished out to Rangers for their heinous offences.
Hardly putting the boot in, is it? It hardly justifies the ‘blood lust’ tag with which the media had termed it.
I did however get to thinking about the poor fans of that club, well what few remain as active fans. There certainly isn’t the same volume of season ticket holders down Govan way, in fact if the numbers were to be believed and were anywhere near accurate, then that club could easily play on the pitches over the opposite side of Edminston Drive and to yet have ample room for  each and every one of them.
No but seriously, I did get to thinking how it truly wasn’t the fans fault and that Rangers should morally be punished no further, they’ve had more than enough already.
Seriously! I honestly believe that Rangers should be spared further  punishment…that of course should be levied to SEVCO the living, potentially soon to be F.C., it seems only fair given that SEVCO seen intent on carrying on the pretence that they are indeed Rangers and well if they want the good pieces of the non tangible corporate assets, i.e. the dead clubs history, then they should assume it’s legacy of punishments (if ever forth-coming that is!).
Rangers are dead, SEVCO may soon follow them to corporate heaven but given the very small fan base of the new Rangers, it would appear less of a disaster than say Cowdenbeath ceasing to exist in terms of their financial input to whatever league they would eventually be admitted to.
Anyway, it’s a good time to be a Hoops fan, of that I’m sure we can all agree.
I’ll now bid you all a good night…please don’t go losing any sleep on Sevco folks, they won’t be utilising their footballing plans for the corporate assets of Rangers F.C. for long, they may very well move on to re-distribution of the assets in an entirely non footballing manner.
That may very well have been the real plan all along though.
Hail! Hail!
@brianbhoy07
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

  1. Well said Brian.
    I heard John McMillan voice his opinion yesterday and he reckons Rangers have been singled out. He is of course, absolutely correct. What he fails to understand is that they singled themselves out by their disgraceful conduct. The fans of dead club and wannabe followers of Sevco actually believe they are the victims in all this. I take pleasure in appraising them of the facts at every opportunity – in fact I see this as missionary work. It is pleasing to see the twinkle in their eyes as realisation dawns and the myths perpetuated by the MSM and Sky Sports News are dispelled. I add the Belfast Telegraph to that list now as todays article could have been penned by Jim Traynor.

    1. Althetim, thanks for the kind comments on, and for even reading, the blog…much appreciated!
      Ah well, I am truly saddened to hear that the Belfast Telegraph is so critically ill…keep me informed of their recovery or subsequent death. I’d gladly send them a wreath to mark the sad loss of actual journalistic standards but it may yet be premature, should they not awake from their ‘dumbed down’ comatosed state I will however arrange the wreaths delivery timeously.
      Cheers mate HH!

  2. Well said Brian.
    I heard John McMillan voice his opinion yesterday and he reckons Rangers have been singled out. He is of course, absolutely correct. What he fails to understand is that they singled themselves out by their disgraceful conduct. The fans of dead club and wannabe followers of Sevco actually believe they are the victims in all this. I take pleasure in appraising them of the facts at every opportunity – in fact I see this as missionary work. It is pleasing to see the twinkle in their eyes as realisation dawns and the myths perpetuated by the MSM and Sky Sports News are dispelled. I add the Belfast Telegraph to that list now as todays article could have been penned by Jim Traynor.

    1. Althetim, thanks for the kind comments on, and for even reading, the blog…much appreciated!
      Ah well, I am truly saddened to hear that the Belfast Telegraph is so critically ill…keep me informed of their recovery or subsequent death. I’d gladly send them a wreath to mark the sad loss of actual journalistic standards but it may yet be premature, should they not awake from their ‘dumbed down’ comatosed state I will however arrange the wreaths delivery timeously.
      Cheers mate HH!

  3. Spot on Brian…the distortion of the ‘facts’ beggars belief. From the perspective of every fan of every football club the positioning of Sevco into D3 must be seen as a good thing. First of all every team in that division gets the chance to spank their arses. Can you imagine the horror if they didnt get out of that division at the first time of asking? OMG….that would be another conspiracy story of where the lowest tier clubs conspired to stop the rise of Sevco to their rightful place in the 2nd division. An action that would be seen as pure spite…I’m laughing here.
    Lastly one comment you made Brian…”Rangers are dead, SEVCO may soon follow them to corporate heaven”…I cant agree more I have been saying this ever since Greene landed on Planet Ibrox. They just dont have the money to exist…HH

    1. Suppose we have all long since stopped expecting integrity in our game…that may also extend to Division 3.
      Can you imagine the outcry if Sevco languished in the lower tiers and clubs failed to do the sporting thing and roll over to them. That’d be hilarious!
      Seriously though, there is every chance that Sevco will not see out the season, something I will in due course be blogging about ‘at length’.
      Cheers mate, thanks for reading and for the comments, much appreciated. HH

  4. Spot on Brian…the distortion of the ‘facts’ beggars belief. From the perspective of every fan of every football club the positioning of Sevco into D3 must be seen as a good thing. First of all every team in that division gets the chance to spank their arses. Can you imagine the horror if they didnt get out of that division at the first time of asking? OMG….that would be another conspiracy story of where the lowest tier clubs conspired to stop the rise of Sevco to their rightful place in the 2nd division. An action that would be seen as pure spite…I’m laughing here.
    Lastly one comment you made Brian…”Rangers are dead, SEVCO may soon follow them to corporate heaven”…I cant agree more I have been saying this ever since Greene landed on Planet Ibrox. They just dont have the money to exist…HH

    1. Suppose we have all long since stopped expecting integrity in our game…that may also extend to Division 3.
      Can you imagine the outcry if Sevco languished in the lower tiers and clubs failed to do the sporting thing and roll over to them. That’d be hilarious!
      Seriously though, there is every chance that Sevco will not see out the season, something I will in due course be blogging about ‘at length’.
      Cheers mate, thanks for reading and for the comments, much appreciated. HH

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