A Potential Faustian Bargain by Pensionerbhoy

FOREWORD:  While the following are some personal thoughts and imagined predictions about the potential decisions of the Scottish football authorities as a result of the Lord Nimmo Smith enquiry, they are in no way guaranteed outcomes nor is it certain the moral high ground will ever be under threat.  There again, if the history of Scottish football is anything to go by, it well might.  It is also essential, given the constant reminders from other quarters, to be clear that any accusations against old Rangers, or even new Rangers, referred to herein are, at this stage at least, mere allegations and not yet proven.  I almost felt the cuffs on my wrists just thinking about that. 
Provided Lord Nimmo Smith can keep the investigation into rule breaking by old Rangers F.C. on track, the decision makers of Scottish football will face a Faustian moment at Hampden Park in the not too distant future.  “The phrase “Faustian Bargain” has entered the English lexicon, referring to any deal made for a short-term gain with great costs in the long run”, (Wikipedia, Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe).  It may well be in the minds of a good many of the ‘crumbling pillars’ of Scottish moral conduct to strike such a bargain.  A buck now, it would seem, could be their Judas moment for the very heart of Scottish football.  “The clubs are mindful of a sporting integrity aspect but the commercial benefits may outweigh that.” (Michael Johnston, Radio Scotland, Sat. May 5th 2012, on admitting Rangers newco into the S.P.L.).  Extraordinary decisions may have been forced upon the authorities recently but, in essence, has the playing field really changed since last May?
Wikipedia defines morality as “the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and those that are bad (or wrong).”  There ought only to be two possible moral i.e. good (or right) outcomes from any decisions regarding the behaviour of old R.F.C, not just for the good of Scottish football but for the betterment of Scottish society itself.  If old R.F.C. is innocent of any rule braking it should be completely exonerated, perhaps even given an apology and offered compensation if there is proven loss and I see no good or fair reason how such a decision could be challenged.  Similarly, if proven guilty of the charges laid before L.N.S., then the full force of appropriate penalties should be applied, without equivocation, to satisfy, not only footballing integrity, but the Scottish moral conscience.  Perhaps an apology and compensation from those at fault could be just as appropriate here as in the opposite scenario.  Financial compensation may be desirable too but, for so many obvious reasons, totally impractical.
However, the surrender of prizes allegedly “stolen” or at least the invalidation of the same, would go a long way in the eyes of other supporters to redress the balance.  If this should come to pass, it is guaranteed to be the main source of dissension among old Rangers, currently supporting new Rangers, supporters.  It is the one penalty that the authorities may be “terrified”, therefore unwilling, to impose.  The historical ethos of superiority and demand prevailed for well over a century in old Rangers, blatantly buttressed by every tier of the establishment.  There are no signs that identical expectations have not passed to new Rangers and its supporters.  A decision to impose would take unprecedented courage as Scottish footballing authorities have regularly gone weak at the knees when confronted by anything red, white and blue.  It is, however, absolutely imperative to impose such a penalty if the old club is deemed to have cheated.  But, I fear, it will still be unlikely, even in the event of a guilty verdict to expect such a support to surrender their historically triumphalist right to lord it over not just other football clubs and supporters but everything and everybody in Scotland, without authorities trying to wrench their spoils from them too.  After all, Mr. Murray described them as second in importance in the country only to The Church of Scotland.  The old club, and it would seem the new one now too, always expected, nay demanded, to be regarded as ‘special’.  The fundamental premise of their ideology is that since ‘we are the peepil’ then we are above regulation, even the law and are a ‘chosen’ breed among the diverse cultures in Scottish society.  In fact, they do not seem to care to recognise any wrongdoing even if it stares them in the face or to acknowledge its often dire consequences on others.  They implicitly reject responsibility and seek any door at which they can lay the blame for their misconduct.  For far too long now the vast majority of Scots, especially those in positions of power or authority have either kowtowed to this concept or accepted it as the status quo, historically established in the post Reformation years, “The survival of  Rangers F.C. is “vital to the fabric of not just Scottish football, but Scottish society” (Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister 2012).  If it is concluded by L.N.S. that old Rangers cheated other clubs and this tainted philosophy is not challenged by the Scottish football authorities, especially by means of the penalties available being imposed, then there is no question that the new club will continue in a privileged position and without impunity.  For the authorities to avoid the correct decisions would be to tread the path of immorality.  “Immoralityis the active opposition to morality (i.e. good or right),” (Wikipedia).
More worrying still, however, is that these authorities will, for the most part, be doing so for short term personal gain or, and I am being unenthusiastically kind, under some disillusioned belief that, if proven guilty, the blue leopard will change its spots and ‘play fair’.  Do they mean until the next time?  There is a great apprehension among Scottish football supporters that the outcome of the old Rangers’ issues will, with absolute certainty, hold no instructions for steamrollers on the horizons of Scottish football to level the playing fields.  Why?  Because, if ‘set free’, ‘the peepil’ will demand it does not happen and those who prove too weak to “stand against him, (arrogant Charlie’s) army’” will most assuredly not have the stomach to “send him homeward to think again”.  So for ten pieces of silver they will betray all of Scottish society and condemn the whole country, and most probably many other nations, to the continuance of the rancorous hatred, vicious racism and venomous sectarianism that is the lifeblood of ‘the peepil’.  Such a decision will be beyond immoral.  If a guilty verdict should be passed and the authorities decide to overlook the alleged failures, improprieties and ‘cheating’ behaviour of old Rangers their actions will without question fall beyond immoral into the realm of amorality, “Amorality (is) the absence of morality” (Wikipedia).  Nor is this amoral approach confined to the decision makers.  It has been principled on the lips of the old Rangers’ past and new Rangers’ current ‘charismatic’ manager who states that “in terms of television, sponsorship and other things that are in place; what might be the right decision may be the wrong one in the long run.” (Ally McCoist.  The Guardian. 5th May 2012 referring to the S.P.L. chairs’ vote on old Rangers application).  There is little need to quote the abundance of statements by the C.E.O. of new Rangers.  His words epitomise all the falseness of the precept that “the end justifies the means”.  Sadly this may be the basis upon which a whole raft of insidious decisions might be implemented.  It is to be hoped that those who govern Scottish football still harbour some respect for a moral code.  If not, they would do well to remember the price paid by the Dr. Faustus in Marlowe’s play for his few moments of power, glory and gratification.  In the end, as part of their agreement, he must surrender his soul to Satan.  If, as a result of the conclusions by L.N.S., it comes to pass that the decision-makers in Scottish football find themselves signing up to a Faustian Bargain, they should be aware that the red, white and blue devil will assuredly demand that his payback moment be included in the agreement.
H H Pensionerbhoy

Comments

  1. You’ve hit the nail on the head with every point in this article.I have no trust in the Scottish Football Authority’s and beyond(Alex Salmond,MSM, etc).Celebrating 140 years of history that ended after 139 years without a swift slap down never mind a challenge from the SFA was disgusting.The silence on all things Rangers and Sevco is disgraceful.

  2. You’ve hit the nail on the head with every point in this article.I have no trust in the Scottish Football Authority’s and beyond(Alex Salmond,MSM, etc).Celebrating 140 years of history that ended after 139 years without a swift slap down never mind a challenge from the SFA was disgusting.The silence on all things Rangers and Sevco is disgraceful.

  3. The decision on Sevco’s future should have been made before the seasons start. A terminal decision was required, A simple yea or nae! Not only could the SFA not bring itself to cast out its illegitimate love child, it actually colluded, threatened and bullied members to accept this bastard child was above the law, and they tried to make it so! To an extent they succeeded in granting their amnesty. In the event of a guilty verdict being returned, there is no scope remaining for any “leniency” to be shown. As yet Sevco have received diddly-squat, by way of punishment. Astonishing considering such a catalogue of criminal activity, and moral injustices. I fear for the future of fitba’ in Scotland if the full weight of penalties ate not brought to bear. There is nothing to fear from applying the appropriate level of punishment, as a perfectly adequate legal and police system is in place already for the protection of Scottish citizens. Is there more to it, than fear alone?

    1. barcabuster
      I used fear purely as a descriptive term, not a reality. Like you, I in no way think they are afraid. I am more inclined to think they suit themselves or others perhaps. If that is not the case why was the proper procedures cast aside last August when Sevco as then were admitted to SFL3. As you say, the original decision should have been terminal. and as many of the supporters of that club now wish (for very different reasons, of course) it would be all over now.
      H H

      1. I have read many of your posts PB, and come to the view, that not only are you articulate in your delivery of the English language, but you are most probably a decent all round kinda bloke. Causing offence, or rabble rousing would be a continent away from any character traits I would attribute to your good self. I apologise for any misunderstanding regarding your alluding to a fear factor. I however, feel that intimidation has taken place in many shapes and forms from the Sevco support, ranging from verbal abuse and common assaults, to mail and bullet bombs. But that aside, I was actually alluding more to the constant pressure continually heaped upon the football authorities, by the PR machine of Sevco. This “Chinese torture” continually attacking the authorities, and undermining them at every turn, is another form of deflection, and it is relentless in its design. Punished enough, Oldcos fault, not ours,no one likes us, Celtic conspiracy, etc. On and on.This chip chipping away has created division, uncertainty, and yes fear! From the young boys considering a future in the game, to the board room book balancers. No stone has been left uncovered in their pursuit to highlight and convince the nation that we need them. I can imagine Chuckles and his crew playing “spin the bottle”, to see who gets it next! I do not have the afore mentioned burdens to carry, but the SFA do(and I am not a fan of them). These rants from the big hoose are nothing but an attempt to divert attention from the main issue and cloud it with distraction. In all the fog from the dry ice machine down Edmiston way, they have created a shed load of factors on the “deciders” which could influence this outcome. A raft of factors, where only one need apply, innocent or guilty!

        1. barcabuster
          I do apologise. My comments obviously came across all wrong. Where have I heard that before 🙂
          No, I agree with all that you say. Like you, I was trying to say that fear could be a factor with the authorities but I doubt it is the main reason for a lot of their incomprehensible decisions.
          By the way, you never have to explain yourself to me. If you met me you would know it would be a pure waste. There is no explanation for who or what I am me. My wife says I am a one of and she got landed with it. Besides, even if we are all “good guys” on here, like all families we will have our moments, not that I consider this to be one in any way.
          Well, if nothing else, this comment gave you the opportunity to expand your feelings about the whole issue and that is what I like. Would love more. Blogger is a master at it as well as writing his own stimulating blogs. He regularly confesses he wants to inspire discussion and opinionating. He is not alone. JasCam I simply take as read but there is also McAllister and others. They provide enormous food for thought and have more than once transformed my entrenched beliefs and views. The site would not be of value to me if it did not accommodate differing opinions and stimulate debate. But the good thing is, it rarely if ever descends to the level of insult and abuse not uncommon elsewhere even among our own. You are right about my writing. I thoroughly enjoy it. It is my favourite means of communication so I attempt to do it as well as I can. I get great pleasure from word and sentence construction and wish i could do it well but faster. My efforts are laborious and are not helped by one finger typing, digital dyslexia and brain pause syndrome. I will not disclose when I started this reply for fear (real this time :)) you take some responsibility for my demise if I do not finish it.
          But I also love to read and learn as much as I can from all you passionate supporters. I usually have a peer at all the sites (not you know who – sorry just could not) in a kind of fly by way. I post on some others now and then but I genuinely make this my first choice. Sometimes though, in trying to keep the good wine till last, some days I end up not doing as much on here as I would like. Some would say if I shut up for a minute …………
          I may be on the slippery slope of the twilight zone but I see no harm in licking the sides on my way down. Do you remember licking the plate after your dinner? If you are like me you will no doubt have enjoyed the lick better than the meal.
          Rest easy barca, you have provided a wonderful nightcap. You have kept an old man alert and awake way past his bedtime 🙂
          H H
          PS “Causing offence, or rabble rousing would be a continent away from any character traits I would attribute to your good self.”
          Oh I can be a humdinger and a bell ringer when I want to. Have a quick look back at my post on Raging Bulls. I had no intention of being meek and mild when constructing that one, I assure you. But maybe I was an angry young man back in July 🙂

          1. Thanks for taking the time to reply PB. I really appreciate it. sorry for intruding on your beauty sleep I am glad that you still have enough passion for life to feel anger. A neccessary emotion, when channelled correctly which prevents our eyes from glazing over. Generally speaking I am quite mild mannered by nature, and seldom, raise to any bait. But sometimes the rage swells within at the damage being done to the game I love, a game that has brought me lifelong friends. And all to make a two bob Yorkshire spiv a wee bit o’ brass. HH.

          2. One thing I am aware off and have been told, When we talk about “Fear” here, is the MSM in Scotland were and still are scared to report the truth. Mark Daily at the BBC did and had to move house I hear. Alex Thompson also did, but he went back home. Fear is there, and not just within the media. That I am positive on. Question is, what are the scared off?
            Answers on a postcard….
            #Blogger

          3. barcabuster
            “But sometimes the rage swells within at the damage being done to the game I love, a game that has brought me lifelong friends. And all to make a two bob Yorkshire spiv a wee bit o’ brass.”
            I must openly confess, I feel the same anger just reading how you feel. I believe it is not merely my love of Celtic that is being attacked but my love of the game. I have that passion from my very earliest days when I kicked a football, hard, heavy and made of thick leather, with my passionate old faither, God Bless him. That was not yesterday but it is a love and commitment that I have never let wane. So, I do get extremely angry when I see a wonderful game within the reach of everybody, being trampled underfoot for personal financial gain and tarnished glory. I am right with you on this one, barcabuster. The older, I think the deeper the hurt.
            H H

  4. The decision on Sevco’s future should have been made before the seasons start. A terminal decision was required, A simple yea or nae! Not only could the SFA not bring itself to cast out its illegitimate love child, it actually colluded, threatened and bullied members to accept this bastard child was above the law, and they tried to make it so! To an extent they succeeded in granting their amnesty. In the event of a guilty verdict being returned, there is no scope remaining for any “leniency” to be shown. As yet Sevco have received diddly-squat, by way of punishment. Astonishing considering such a catalogue of criminal activity, and moral injustices. I fear for the future of fitba’ in Scotland if the full weight of penalties ate not brought to bear. There is nothing to fear from applying the appropriate level of punishment, as a perfectly adequate legal and police system is in place already for the protection of Scottish citizens. Is there more to it, than fear alone?

    1. barcabuster
      I used fear purely as a descriptive term, not a reality. Like you, I in no way think they are afraid. I am more inclined to think they suit themselves or others perhaps. If that is not the case why was the proper procedures cast aside last August when Sevco as then were admitted to SFL3. As you say, the original decision should have been terminal. and as many of the supporters of that club now wish (for very different reasons, of course) it would be all over now.
      H H

      1. I have read many of your posts PB, and come to the view, that not only are you articulate in your delivery of the English language, but you are most probably a decent all round kinda bloke. Causing offence, or rabble rousing would be a continent away from any character traits I would attribute to your good self. I apologise for any misunderstanding regarding your alluding to a fear factor. I however, feel that intimidation has taken place in many shapes and forms from the Sevco support, ranging from verbal abuse and common assaults, to mail and bullet bombs. But that aside, I was actually alluding more to the constant pressure continually heaped upon the football authorities, by the PR machine of Sevco. This “Chinese torture” continually attacking the authorities, and undermining them at every turn, is another form of deflection, and it is relentless in its design. Punished enough, Oldcos fault, not ours,no one likes us, Celtic conspiracy, etc. On and on.This chip chipping away has created division, uncertainty, and yes fear! From the young boys considering a future in the game, to the board room book balancers. No stone has been left uncovered in their pursuit to highlight and convince the nation that we need them. I can imagine Chuckles and his crew playing “spin the bottle”, to see who gets it next! I do not have the afore mentioned burdens to carry, but the SFA do(and I am not a fan of them). These rants from the big hoose are nothing but an attempt to divert attention from the main issue and cloud it with distraction. In all the fog from the dry ice machine down Edmiston way, they have created a shed load of factors on the “deciders” which could influence this outcome. A raft of factors, where only one need apply, innocent or guilty!

        1. barcabuster
          I do apologise. My comments obviously came across all wrong. Where have I heard that before 🙂
          No, I agree with all that you say. Like you, I was trying to say that fear could be a factor with the authorities but I doubt it is the main reason for a lot of their incomprehensible decisions.
          By the way, you never have to explain yourself to me. If you met me you would know it would be a pure waste. There is no explanation for who or what I am me. My wife says I am a one of and she got landed with it. Besides, even if we are all “good guys” on here, like all families we will have our moments, not that I consider this to be one in any way.
          Well, if nothing else, this comment gave you the opportunity to expand your feelings about the whole issue and that is what I like. Would love more. Blogger is a master at it as well as writing his own stimulating blogs. He regularly confesses he wants to inspire discussion and opinionating. He is not alone. JasCam I simply take as read but there is also McAllister and others. They provide enormous food for thought and have more than once transformed my entrenched beliefs and views. The site would not be of value to me if it did not accommodate differing opinions and stimulate debate. But the good thing is, it rarely if ever descends to the level of insult and abuse not uncommon elsewhere even among our own. You are right about my writing. I thoroughly enjoy it. It is my favourite means of communication so I attempt to do it as well as I can. I get great pleasure from word and sentence construction and wish i could do it well but faster. My efforts are laborious and are not helped by one finger typing, digital dyslexia and brain pause syndrome. I will not disclose when I started this reply for fear (real this time :)) you take some responsibility for my demise if I do not finish it.
          But I also love to read and learn as much as I can from all you passionate supporters. I usually have a peer at all the sites (not you know who – sorry just could not) in a kind of fly by way. I post on some others now and then but I genuinely make this my first choice. Sometimes though, in trying to keep the good wine till last, some days I end up not doing as much on here as I would like. Some would say if I shut up for a minute …………
          I may be on the slippery slope of the twilight zone but I see no harm in licking the sides on my way down. Do you remember licking the plate after your dinner? If you are like me you will no doubt have enjoyed the lick better than the meal.
          Rest easy barca, you have provided a wonderful nightcap. You have kept an old man alert and awake way past his bedtime 🙂
          H H
          PS “Causing offence, or rabble rousing would be a continent away from any character traits I would attribute to your good self.”
          Oh I can be a humdinger and a bell ringer when I want to. Have a quick look back at my post on Raging Bulls. I had no intention of being meek and mild when constructing that one, I assure you. But maybe I was an angry young man back in July 🙂

          1. Thanks for taking the time to reply PB. I really appreciate it. sorry for intruding on your beauty sleep I am glad that you still have enough passion for life to feel anger. A neccessary emotion, when channelled correctly which prevents our eyes from glazing over. Generally speaking I am quite mild mannered by nature, and seldom, raise to any bait. But sometimes the rage swells within at the damage being done to the game I love, a game that has brought me lifelong friends. And all to make a two bob Yorkshire spiv a wee bit o’ brass. HH.

          2. One thing I am aware off and have been told, When we talk about “Fear” here, is the MSM in Scotland were and still are scared to report the truth. Mark Daily at the BBC did and had to move house I hear. Alex Thompson also did, but he went back home. Fear is there, and not just within the media. That I am positive on. Question is, what are the scared off?
            Answers on a postcard….
            #Blogger

          3. barcabuster
            “But sometimes the rage swells within at the damage being done to the game I love, a game that has brought me lifelong friends. And all to make a two bob Yorkshire spiv a wee bit o’ brass.”
            I must openly confess, I feel the same anger just reading how you feel. I believe it is not merely my love of Celtic that is being attacked but my love of the game. I have that passion from my very earliest days when I kicked a football, hard, heavy and made of thick leather, with my passionate old faither, God Bless him. That was not yesterday but it is a love and commitment that I have never let wane. So, I do get extremely angry when I see a wonderful game within the reach of everybody, being trampled underfoot for personal financial gain and tarnished glory. I am right with you on this one, barcabuster. The older, I think the deeper the hurt.
            H H

  5. The SPL had the chance to deal with Old Rangers when they were an SPL club. But they played for time. They banned them from signing, but waiting till the transfer window was open. No team can be banned from signing during an open window. I said myself many times about the favours done for this club, old and new. So favours done
    As I said in a previous blog we debated, these custodians who should be away by the time the AGM’s come around in the summer, need replaced by fair minded people, like Turnbull Hutton, sadly I think more of the same to come. I hope not however, but we live in hope. Strachan getting the Scotland job was a surprise, as he is not “Establishment” material
    A few teams have approached UEFA for compensation for monies they have lost in European competition due to Rangers cheating. So the implications of Lord Nimmo’s vote has an impact not only in Scotland but all over Europe also. UEFA cant deal with this till Rangers have been found Guilty or not guilty.
    Where the SFA and SPL may have left themselves open to a not guilty is are they old-co or new-co? I asked in this blog, what has changed?? http://www.thecelticnetwork.com/2013/01/16/ok-what-changed-at-rangers/
    My fear is the SFA and SPL left it too late to find a new club guilty. But did Rangers not agree to be judged as acceptance to the SFL as a new member? I am sure they did.
    Like the Crown office investigation, and the SPL one, they seem to have went of the Radar.
    Good Blog.
    #Blogger

    1. Blogger
      Could it be that judges and lawyers take winter breaks too? I have never heard of it, not en mass anyway. To give them the benefit of the doubt, they do work to fixed dates and time-scales. Perhaps it is not their time to be in the public domain. Like a lot of people, I worry that the current silence from all quarters is deafening. When lips are sealed one is always suspicious their might be plots and plans circulating in the various corridors. On this one we are all maybe being somewhat paranoid. Only time will tell. However, even the most patient interested party must have real concerns when the past casts such a giant shadow.
      You have a bigger and sharper ear to the ground than I have, Blogger, and I would be grateful for any information no matter how whispered that oozes from the cracks in the football court rooms.
      H H

      1. That is a promise I will keep, My ear is to the ground always. When I got something, it will be posted here. And to your reply, yeah, the silence is a worry. How many things that they were looking into, the police, the crown, the SFA, the SPL, have went off the Radar. What happened to BDO?
        The story “Seems” to have died.
        But most people with an ear to the ground know it is not.
        They are in severe debt to the tune off £6M i heard, and the share issue is not 100% yet, a lot of IOU’s in there, lol
        Thanks
        #Blogger

        1. Blogger
          It is late and I have just spent half of my time left on earth replying to barca so I will be quick. Regarding the silence, I am definitely going to stay mum as far as making serious statements on these issues till something becomes public. Like you, I truly suspect there are a lot more fiddle dee dums and fiddle dee dees that we are due to hear about eventually. However, there seems to be a new tack being used by the new club and old club supporters, in practice the same of course. It would appear all “Ranger haters”, the broad term used by Bill McMurdo Jnr. to describe what must now be the majority of Scots, never mind football fans, oh and for him, much of the media too, are putting the old club and its supporters on trial and sentencing them in the public arena. Therefore, any trial or investigation by the football authorities is invalid due to sub judice law being broken. If enlightenment were possible, it would be worthwhile perhaps to explain to junior and his cronies that the only thing legally sub judice about Lord Nimmo Smith and his colleagues are the wigs they wear. Actually, they will probably only have them on at the enquiry to keep all the shit flying around from landing on their bald pates. God, even Latin translations that I did at school did not have as many interpretations as the McMurdo clan are putting on the L.N.S. enquiry. But I worry this could be an illnesses that only gets worse if fed. So the mud and custard pies are in cold storage for now. I am content to enjoy and have a belly laugh at the presumed possibilities in the Ibrox Pandora’s box. I will not be committed to a definitive opinion either way just yet. But don’t you stop them coming. I am an old man of long time suffering and I DO need fed – a lot :).
          Nighty, Night.
          H H

          1. lol. like it. Yeah you are Spot on mate. I can’t find one thing to argue with you there, or even re-debate. I hear gossip and the odd remark. Until I am 100% I won’t blog it. What I am sure on is “They are in HEAVY debt” and “The share issue not going to plan” also “Others have say on Ibrox” I can’t really say more as I am not 100%. But I am all ears and all eyes..
            Thanks
            #Blogger

          2. Blogger
            Very late getting back to you. I think my computer got stuck in the snow :). Enjoying the audio of the game at the moment. It sounds almost as good as Saturday and a satisfying score so far.
            Like I said, I am reluctant to comment on things unproven but I definitely have serious suspicions. One of these is the new club’s finances. Going from the finances available in the public domain, it is naye impossible for them to be solvent. They are buying way beyond any club below Celtic. The crumbling listed dungeon must be costing a fortune to run and even if they could triple the maximum record attendances they still would not cover half the wage bill and salaries and there are uncapped bonuses and expenses to boot. So either there is a chest secreted somewhere in the depths of the dungeon or they have the most reserved, shy and secretive benefactor in history. I really would love to their actual accounts, past, present and forecast to be exposed. What Charlie delivers facts and figures that would put the Grim Brothers’ tales in the shadow. And yet there are those among them who still hand him their hard earned income. I wait impatiently for further news.
            H H
            PS Some good discussion the last two days.

  6. The SPL had the chance to deal with Old Rangers when they were an SPL club. But they played for time. They banned them from signing, but waiting till the transfer window was open. No team can be banned from signing during an open window. I said myself many times about the favours done for this club, old and new. So favours done
    As I said in a previous blog we debated, these custodians who should be away by the time the AGM’s come around in the summer, need replaced by fair minded people, like Turnbull Hutton, sadly I think more of the same to come. I hope not however, but we live in hope. Strachan getting the Scotland job was a surprise, as he is not “Establishment” material
    A few teams have approached UEFA for compensation for monies they have lost in European competition due to Rangers cheating. So the implications of Lord Nimmo’s vote has an impact not only in Scotland but all over Europe also. UEFA cant deal with this till Rangers have been found Guilty or not guilty.
    Where the SFA and SPL may have left themselves open to a not guilty is are they old-co or new-co? I asked in this blog, what has changed?? http://www.thecelticnetwork.com/2013/01/16/ok-what-changed-at-rangers/
    My fear is the SFA and SPL left it too late to find a new club guilty. But did Rangers not agree to be judged as acceptance to the SFL as a new member? I am sure they did.
    Like the Crown office investigation, and the SPL one, they seem to have went of the Radar.
    Good Blog.
    #Blogger

    1. Blogger
      Could it be that judges and lawyers take winter breaks too? I have never heard of it, not en mass anyway. To give them the benefit of the doubt, they do work to fixed dates and time-scales. Perhaps it is not their time to be in the public domain. Like a lot of people, I worry that the current silence from all quarters is deafening. When lips are sealed one is always suspicious their might be plots and plans circulating in the various corridors. On this one we are all maybe being somewhat paranoid. Only time will tell. However, even the most patient interested party must have real concerns when the past casts such a giant shadow.
      You have a bigger and sharper ear to the ground than I have, Blogger, and I would be grateful for any information no matter how whispered that oozes from the cracks in the football court rooms.
      H H

      1. That is a promise I will keep, My ear is to the ground always. When I got something, it will be posted here. And to your reply, yeah, the silence is a worry. How many things that they were looking into, the police, the crown, the SFA, the SPL, have went off the Radar. What happened to BDO?
        The story “Seems” to have died.
        But most people with an ear to the ground know it is not.
        They are in severe debt to the tune off £6M i heard, and the share issue is not 100% yet, a lot of IOU’s in there, lol
        Thanks
        #Blogger

        1. Blogger
          It is late and I have just spent half of my time left on earth replying to barca so I will be quick. Regarding the silence, I am definitely going to stay mum as far as making serious statements on these issues till something becomes public. Like you, I truly suspect there are a lot more fiddle dee dums and fiddle dee dees that we are due to hear about eventually. However, there seems to be a new tack being used by the new club and old club supporters, in practice the same of course. It would appear all “Ranger haters”, the broad term used by Bill McMurdo Jnr. to describe what must now be the majority of Scots, never mind football fans, oh and for him, much of the media too, are putting the old club and its supporters on trial and sentencing them in the public arena. Therefore, any trial or investigation by the football authorities is invalid due to sub judice law being broken. If enlightenment were possible, it would be worthwhile perhaps to explain to junior and his cronies that the only thing legally sub judice about Lord Nimmo Smith and his colleagues are the wigs they wear. Actually, they will probably only have them on at the enquiry to keep all the shit flying around from landing on their bald pates. God, even Latin translations that I did at school did not have as many interpretations as the McMurdo clan are putting on the L.N.S. enquiry. But I worry this could be an illnesses that only gets worse if fed. So the mud and custard pies are in cold storage for now. I am content to enjoy and have a belly laugh at the presumed possibilities in the Ibrox Pandora’s box. I will not be committed to a definitive opinion either way just yet. But don’t you stop them coming. I am an old man of long time suffering and I DO need fed – a lot :).
          Nighty, Night.
          H H

          1. lol. like it. Yeah you are Spot on mate. I can’t find one thing to argue with you there, or even re-debate. I hear gossip and the odd remark. Until I am 100% I won’t blog it. What I am sure on is “They are in HEAVY debt” and “The share issue not going to plan” also “Others have say on Ibrox” I can’t really say more as I am not 100%. But I am all ears and all eyes..
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            Very late getting back to you. I think my computer got stuck in the snow :). Enjoying the audio of the game at the moment. It sounds almost as good as Saturday and a satisfying score so far.
            Like I said, I am reluctant to comment on things unproven but I definitely have serious suspicions. One of these is the new club’s finances. Going from the finances available in the public domain, it is naye impossible for them to be solvent. They are buying way beyond any club below Celtic. The crumbling listed dungeon must be costing a fortune to run and even if they could triple the maximum record attendances they still would not cover half the wage bill and salaries and there are uncapped bonuses and expenses to boot. So either there is a chest secreted somewhere in the depths of the dungeon or they have the most reserved, shy and secretive benefactor in history. I really would love to their actual accounts, past, present and forecast to be exposed. What Charlie delivers facts and figures that would put the Grim Brothers’ tales in the shadow. And yet there are those among them who still hand him their hard earned income. I wait impatiently for further news.
            H H
            PS Some good discussion the last two days.

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