'Is It Finally Time For Closure?'

It has been, I am sure you’ll agree, a long, long, long time coming…alas today appears to be the most credible moment at which closure seems tangible enough to be within touching distance of, to inhale its sweet aroma or to sample its complex and acquired taste.
Today, Sevco Scotland Ltd. who used to be Sevco 5088, who in turn used to be The Rangers F.C., who in turn, well they used to exist…lets just leave it at that huh, met with their long-awaited crossroads.
The road that has been mapped out for them, the road they have now taken, is a long and winding journey around the extremities of our nation via each far off distant ground at which SFL third division matches are contested each week of the season. The road may be treacherous, the road may often be impassable, the road is certain to be bumpy and it will be so narrow as to leave little room for error, one miscalculation could see the Sevco Scotland chartered mini bus careering of the road and down the steep banked verges, some of which are cliffs and which pose potential fatal hazards.
The road has no junctures at which short cuts can be taken, the road has no roundabouts at which going back from whence it came will be an option, they now face a gruelling and perilous journey if they ever want to return home.
The footballing challenges will easily match the logistical, financial and practical difficulties that lay in store for Sevco Scotland Ltd., of course that is only going to be the case if the bus driver, Mr Charles Green, deems the vehicle fit enough to cope with the rigorous and unforgiving journey, only if he feels the bus will be full enough to make the journey at all worthwhile and only if he has the energy left in his old bones to see out such an ‘expedition’.
Charles Green will now have a decision to make, he has many considerations (as do the SFA) as to whether the journey is at all a feasible route to navigate. Some uncertainty therefore clearly still exists, uncertainty which may cause further delays and therefore put off any seemingly willing passengers of the present day.
The fans of a deceased club will now be asking themselves for the first time with knowledge of what lies ahead on the only route open to them ‘whether supporting this newco, is indeed the same as the club for whom they had previously and willing travelled great distances to be beside. Nowadays the harsh realities of the situation are dawning upon the old Rangers family, nowadays the budget, the time and the desire of the average fan must be weighted against the financial worth, the worth of any potential rewards  and the time spent at the exclusion of a more meaningful family relationship. Ask yourself, would you if you had a young family fancy undertaking a long, gruelling and hazardous trip up to Peterhead for a freezing cold mid December, early January Saturday afternoon kick off? Would you really consider leaving on the Friday evening or very early on a Saturday morning, mid winter, to make a trip to a game almost certainly at risk of being abandoned or worse still being postponed after an early morning pitch inspection?
To any Bear who goes to these lengths to support a club who are not, nor ever really will be his or her own club but who are merely a cheaply assembled, glamour free, tacky replica of the ‘deceased family member’…to those hardy, loyal and overwhelmingly stupid individuals, I extend my sincere congratulations. I wish these people no harm, they appear more than willing to harm themselves and so they need my support and not my condemnation.
The pitches will be a leveler, another intriguing factor to be quantified into Mr Greens complexed mathematical formula for deciding whether the business plan makes much sense or is a fool-hardy expedition with near certain failure as the probable outcome. The pitches will put a more technical team at perhaps something of a disadvantage…I suppose this shouldn’t really matter if the replica adopts the Rangers of olds tactics and style of play. It will however make contests much more of a lottery than he would ordinarily wish for.
It will too, create huge gaping wholes in the projected financial plans of a newco club, imagine the impact of a particularly harsh winter at such lowly grounds…how many games will go ahead as the fixture list had planned? How many weeks, perhaps entire months, will a match-day income be lost? Even when they do go ahead, how many times will the attendances match up to the required or projected levels? How certainly can they plan for a great unknown? In fact another question to ponder, how much can they sell the ideology of a season ticket to a divided and ‘borrowed’ supporters base?…will there be, and if so how large must it be, a contingency fund set aside by this ‘newco’, in new waters and near no level of footballing involvement previously known to the club? God even the Rangers youth players will have played in more glamorous circumstances…will the players appetite be enough, for the fight that lies ahead? Can they even sign players, who have experience at this new ‘low’ level? Does the offer to ‘accept’ the transfer embargo now stand? If not, which punishment can they negotiate, a suspension or expulsion?
Mr Green must work out these endless variables, he must look again at his plan A, plan B and plan C’s…does the non football route seem ever more appealing? Can his investors see the worth in doing a property deal which realises better potential returns for their time and their money/ Is the reward versus risk factor too incalculable to take a chance upon? Is the more certain and more quickly realised financial return via an alternative investment vehicle now more of a probability than a possibility?
I’d hate to be in Mr Greens shoes, he speculated and may very well have bought himself a turkey, a lame and unappealing turkey no longer fit for human consumption.
To compound his misery, he must realise too that the great intellect of Mr John ‘Bomber’ Brown, with his quick wit and ultra articulate persona, will now no doubt round upon his ‘prospective’ football club and he may ruthlessly and mercilessly ring it’s neck.
Have the fans bought into Sevco/Rangers in such sufficiency of numbers to make a very public showdown with an Ibrox “legend” (sorry nearly choked on my Bulmers then) appear like a winnable battle of hearts and of minds (sorry nearly choked again)?
Is this investment worth pursuing in any form at all?
That would be the questions I’d ask of myself today if I were Charles Green…perhaps Craig Whyte will be thrilled to have gotten his £2 back and to have transferred the millstone around some other suckers neck.
Is it now a case of a complete closure of Ibrox as a footballing venue? That I will now ponder some more.
Happy days indeed!!
Hail Hail brothers and sisters
@brianbhoy07

Comments

  1. Someone on RTC mentioned the possibility of Green being able to go back on deal to buy Ibrox and Murray Park, thus leaving the liquidators with more to work with. I don’t know about the technicalities of this but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Green now wanting out of the whole business given Sevco are not in the division he wanted.
    If this were to happen, they well and truly would be dead without any arguments to the contrary.
    If not then I don’t think it would be surprise for Sevco to be one of the first sides and any of the Scottish leagues to suffer an insolvency event. Their ego and the fact they want early entry to the SPL means they will not want to adjust to 3rd division levels of infrastructure. Maintaining an SPL size of club will not be sustainable in Division 3.

    1. I have utmost faith in RTC and well if it’s been said on there and not corrected, then I’d say the chances that Green has an ‘get-out’ clause are very high.
      I have been informed many times that the plan was a Craig Whyte non footballing plan for the the RFC. This plan is now likely to be taken forward by Charles Green, in fact I think it is probably imminent now. I cannot imagine Mr Greens investors being happy to watch the newco rack up substantial losses which would then eat into any potential non-footballing return that could be generated. It looks more likely than not, that the property is where the smart money lies!
      Thanks for reading and cheers for the comment, always welcomed and actively encouraged.
      HH

  2. Someone on RTC mentioned the possibility of Green being able to go back on deal to buy Ibrox and Murray Park, thus leaving the liquidators with more to work with. I don’t know about the technicalities of this but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Green now wanting out of the whole business given Sevco are not in the division he wanted.
    If this were to happen, they well and truly would be dead without any arguments to the contrary.
    If not then I don’t think it would be surprise for Sevco to be one of the first sides and any of the Scottish leagues to suffer an insolvency event. Their ego and the fact they want early entry to the SPL means they will not want to adjust to 3rd division levels of infrastructure. Maintaining an SPL size of club will not be sustainable in Division 3.

    1. I have utmost faith in RTC and well if it’s been said on there and not corrected, then I’d say the chances that Green has an ‘get-out’ clause are very high.
      I have been informed many times that the plan was a Craig Whyte non footballing plan for the the RFC. This plan is now likely to be taken forward by Charles Green, in fact I think it is probably imminent now. I cannot imagine Mr Greens investors being happy to watch the newco rack up substantial losses which would then eat into any potential non-footballing return that could be generated. It looks more likely than not, that the property is where the smart money lies!
      Thanks for reading and cheers for the comment, always welcomed and actively encouraged.
      HH

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