It has become something of a cliché, but “it’s a funny old game” has rarely been more accurate a statement.
Celtic resisted all temptation to deliver a dose of verbal reality to both the Scottish mainstream media and to Sevco in the wake of another pantomime performance, nae a circus clown show by Mr Charles ‘mind bogglingly ignorant’ Green at the day weekend.
In the day that saw Sevco take their bow in front of a crowd of around 4,500 in Brechin’s Glebe Park stadium in a Ramsdens Cup tie, that of course may not yet be finished but more on that later, Mr Green took the opportunity to attempt and curry favour with the Rangers Football Club’s grieving fan base.
Ironically and if you share my sense of humour you may too have laughed at this, the crowd, at least all that could be seen on television cameras, looked largely to be full of Rangers tops and scarfs. 4,500, four and a half thousand, I’ll repeat that…FOUR AND A HALF THOUSAND fans within Glebe Park. From what we are led to believe that means every Sevco season ticket holder and some 3,000 or so extra squeezed into the ground to watch the team they want to wrestle control of, a team they so resolutely stated they would shun, in order to financially ‘starve out’ the owners, only a few short weeks ago.
They say a week is a long time in politics, to use yet another cliché, but it’s an altogether more lengthy affair in the goldfish like minds of a Rangers(R.I.P.) fan.
It seems the Teddy Bears fan club are quite easily manipulated, no surprise there then, and quite lacking in will-power and militancy of mind. These ex-Rangers fans seem to have been suckered in to not just supporting a ‘new’ club but to believing their owners simply risible and arrogant manner.
A few face-saving, cheaply aimed ‘us’ and ‘them’ type calls to arms and a recognisable sense of entitlement seems to have converted the brainless Govan contingent.
The performance on the park was as unspectacular and as lackluster as anything I recognised from the deceased Rangers ‘omnipotent’ era, the football, both in style and in substance, no more flamboyant or as cavalier as the 10-1 formation of Walter Smith.
The hatchet men too survived to see the transition from old to new, to assist in the metamorphose from caterpillar to something, if possible, even more laborious and indeed hideous. Ian Black will fit in well with his horrendous discipline record, his cowardly tackling and his greeting wee coupon and with news of Dean Shiels signing just confirmed, yet another coupon that could rival Ribery in the ugliness stakes has pledged his lack of footballing ambition to this newco.
All though from my Monday morning email, courtesy of stv.tv, you’d never have known…the headline read “Rangers thrash Brechin”…HONESTLY?! 1-1 in normal time and a tight 2-1 victory after 120mins, the propaganda knows no shame!
Off the park however, that’s where the real comedy show was. Alf Garnett would be proud of the quintessentially British whingeing and aspersion casting rant, it had a cross between Alf Garnett and Nick Griffin stamped all over it.
See Mr Green, not content with having already gotten away with murder, wants to publicly slate the victims families.
He rather ironically, arrogantly and pathetically tried to tar, with the same brush, the rest of the Scottish football inclusive of all it’s fans, as a bunch of bigots and small-minded fools. If only they done prizes for hypocrisy at the Olympics…Mr Green could break national, games and world records en route to a deservingly shiny gold coloured medal!
He decried everyone in positions of trust in our game as sub-standard businessmen, weak and misguided fools and hinted that they were corrupt and agenda driven individuals.
If Romanov had done half as much the papers would have slated him for each and every word of it, he would have been called for everything, he would have been labelled as an infidel, a racist and a madman.
Mr Green however wears the right tie, of which its colours they are fine, this makes all the difference to many within the narrow-minded mainstream media. He got away lightly and somehow they even took him seriously and they pandered to his desperate PR driven agenda.
After all several thousand additional fans just couldn’t stay away from the might Sevco’s first tentative steps in footballing history, a place they may soon be consigned to ironically enough.
He decried the SFA, he even applauded the bitter anti Uncle Regan chants, as if in full agreement and as if so involved in their emotional bond with a deceased club for whom they so obviously long for.
Another cheap PR stunt which only stands to ridicule what support his newco can gather, he treats them as foolish and gullible, he plays with their ‘questionable’ ethics and plays upon their non-existent intellect.
Was he finished there?!…hell no!
After making not so finely veiled allegations concerning the fair-mindedness of Celtic, he continued his nonsensical tirade by claiming the proud Celtic FC to have been incarnated three times and to have such a complicated corporate structure as to be less ‘Celtic’ than Sevco are ‘Rangers’…a tad misguided at least.
He knows how to evoke paper inches that is for sure, he knows how to provoke punishment clearly. He does so either to create a siege mentality or to provoke expulsion, either way he wants others to do his dirty work, the hard labour of it at least, for him. Add devious to the ‘ignorant’.
He finished the weekend on another high, well a low, but he was surely high when he said it. Mr Green then mocked, his targets seemingly the Scottish clubs, but as likely to have offended the many businesses, including one he will have no choice but to deal with again, queue HMRC.
He claimed the Sevco balance sheet to be an enormously healthy one, he declared them ‘proudly’ as debt free, he suggested financial successes where only right-minded folks can see failures.
He mocked the clubs he chose to, he did however attempt to placate his more immediate opponents, the SPL clubs. He did in fact lavish praise upon them and claimed them to be welcoming of a great institution, more forward thinking than the rest of us ‘fools’. Currying favour of minnows…how far the Sevco have fallen.
His team may also be standing, legally and regulatory wise, in rapidly sinking sands…quick sands if you will.
See they played the Brechin game as Rangers, they used the strips, the players, the name and the entire heritage, as ugly as that may be, of Rangers…only he couldn’t use their share of SFA membership. That particular swap was not fully approved, not legally anyhow.
That could very well be a problem for them sometime soon.
See Rangers, the oldco, the soon to be liquidated have the membership of the SFA, newco, Sevco, they want to ‘transfer’ that membership, they want the history, they want the entitlement, they do not want a new one issued in its own right…no, no, NO!
Did Rangers then play the game, or did Sevco, quite clearly it can’t be one of the same…remember Mr Green claimed our corporate position to ‘complicated’, he claimed the transfer of history, he claimed reincarnation however, to be seemless, simple and par of the course…strange that.
The SFA must be wondering just how often they can allow Messrs Green and McCoist to bite the hand that so lavishly feeds them, they must be getting quite impatient, they are after all being questioned, undermined and humiliated on a near daily basis.
Does Mr Green really want to be here long-term? With such short sighted-ness, I have my considerable doubts.