I have to admit, despite not being in the least bit surprised, being very, very disappointed by the joint announcement made yesterday by the SFA, the SPL and the SFL in regard of the future of Sevco, the business formerly known to many as the football club Glasgow Rangers.
You see I always expected some dodgy, under-hand ‘compromise’ to be reached…I still believe that Sevco may well have preferred the refusal of permission to play football and to explore their preferred business plan in respect of Rangers(RIP) assets for which they of course have purchased, I still believe that Sevco-Rangers may very well fail to last too long as a viable business. On those fronts I have not budged on my views, I just didn’t ever truly believe that the “governors” of our game were ever going to be brave enough to put down the extremely ill patient. I have been fairly consistent in that respect.
I just need to make it known, so as not to sound too hypocritical, I am not so opposed to Sevco forming a new club, who play out of Ibrox and who start at the bottom rung of the SFL ladder. I don’t even care if they want to be a direct continuation of a deceased club and to wear their strip and to loosely utilise their previous name. I am however vehemently opposed to a newco, of any description and in any deceased clubs place, who feel that they are so entitled as to take all of the good, the worthwhile and the highly decorated elements but to deny responsibility for or to evade punishment in respect of that old companies misdeamours, that in my book just isn’t on.
That kind of behaviour is akin to ‘spoiled brat syndrome’ or having your cake and eating it (though to be perfectly honest I would’ve thought in light of such a purchase, that would have been the exact intention…but hey I don’t make up these clichés!).
If Sevco want to become Rangers and to accept all of the positive aspects of being their ‘Mark II’ then they cannot pick and choose what bits they want…imagine if you will the disgust of all the customers behind you in a cinema queue at the Pick’n’Mix stall if you with a complete lack of respect, in absolute greed and with absolutely no manners, waded your hands through the sweets on display, ate and did not pay for and removed all of the popular, tasty and plentiful contents of each variety, whilst indignantly tossing the remaining ‘unpopular’, ‘unsatisfactory’ and thoroughly ‘unappealing’ sweets back into their alloted display areas.
To be honest if I’d been in the queue, to which I connotatively refer, then I’d have had little hesitation in verbally remonstrating with such a greedy, manner-less beggar. If as I vociferously pointed out the error of ‘your’ ways then ‘you’ had the cheek to threaten me and to try and negotiate which remaining varieties ‘you’ wished to selectively search through whilst clearly full of ‘your’ own self-importance, ‘your’ own superiority and whilst looking down upon myself and all the other shoppers, lets just say ‘you’ would mercilessly and painfully be persuaded of my un-appreciative and highly displeased stance on said ‘Sweetie-Gate’ incident. Summary justice would be quickly and mercilessly dished out, much I’m sure to the widespread approval of all the persons for whose rights and feelings I was protective and appreciative of. ‘You’d’ certainly hesitate to be so willing as to do that or any other form of bullying-esque behaviour on my watch ever again!
I know my connotations rarely are ever straight-forward or ever lacking in scope of their imaginative and creative license but hopefully you catch my drift…the behaviour of Sevco has been abhorrent and they should, in no uncertain terms be made so aware of this fact.
Strangely however, the governing bodies in Scottish football, for the sake of such a connotative example as ‘Sweetie-Gate’, the ‘barely’ governing bodies would play the role of a cinema confectionary worker.
See the confectionary workers duty is to prevent such behaviours and to keep order at the stalls, they would be employed to look after not only the customers needs but the cinema complex’s too. ‘Your’ pilfering of goods and underhand removal of the goods would instantly warrant at the very least a verbal warning, the indignant and threatening response would probably see either a removal and a barring from the premises, potentially even if such behaviour of ‘yours’ persisted the ‘police’ or other such a ‘ higher authority’ would be called to upon to act swiftly and conclusively in respect of the ‘Sweetie-Gate’ misdemeanours.
Our ‘confectionary stall workers’, the SFA, SPL and the SFL, have at best politely requested ‘your’ greedy, thieving, manner-less approach to be less obvious to other customers, at best they tried to conceal the entire act and they have even challenged and threatened, leaned upon and bullied (or tried to), myself and the other customers who voiced their disapproval.
The ‘confectionary workers’ clearly in that instance been negligent and pathetically incompetent in up-holding his responsibilities of employment.
For that I would complain to, and to expect urgent action of, the management (a role for the sake of continued connotative effect, played out by UEFA/FIFA) of the entire complex. I’d expect them in their role to act decisively and compassionately, to restore a sense of justice and of order to the situation and most likely to force the removal of both the clearly unfit ‘confectionary worker’ and ‘your’ until now condoned inappropriately behaved self.
In terms of the link to ‘Rangers/Sevco-Gate’ it may not be the most natural connotative example but to me it has clear parallells to the previous and present immoral and inappropriate behaviours of the club and the governors of our game.
I have to wonder just why Uefa and or Fifa have so far failed to act decisively in order to restore order and to convey their sentiments of compassion and of apology to Scottish footballs victims, the fans and the other ‘bullied’ clubs.
I’m not anti-Sevco, if they want to disown the Rangers history and to stop protecting their acts of immorality, then fine…Division 3, no favours, no exceptions. They’d start a-fresh and with an entirely cleaned slate.
If however, Sevco want to remain so historically inter-linked with Rangers and to sample all of the benefits that come of that un-holy association then again fine…Division 3, no favours, take your medicine, accept all of the ‘without fear or favour’ punishments that are coming and be banished from the tables at which negotiations currently take place.
Simple…cheating cannot be condoned, excused or ignored…Sevco are either an entirely new club with a new sense of morality or they are a ‘Mark II’ version of Rangers, the ‘governors’ of our game must act accordingly. Unfortunately I am entirely unsurprised at their failure to insist upon either decision of Sevco and to act appropriately to the newco’s decision.
Uefa and Fifa if they want to avoid complete anarchy must act promptly.
Oh and by the way, Ally ‘Dummy oot the Pram’ McCoist, he connotatively speaking would have played ‘your’ mouthy, cheeky and thoroughly deserving of a slap ‘cheerleader’.
We have long memories, us decent folks, our day will come ‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’.
Go now and enjoy the Inter Milan pre-season friendly…my rant here is over!