Time to leave Rangers Tax Case to Them

People are still angry about what is seen as the injustice of the Rangers Big Tax Case which is bang on and people should want them held to account for Tax Evasion as in not paying PAYE or NI contributions. There is also Tax avoidance via EBT schemes and others.
At the end of the day most companies and self employed people like my self manipulate the tax system to ensure we keep most of the profit we make to ensure we can keep our families in a a position where they don’t have to worry too much about how our bills are paid. Utilities bills, tax on fuel, council tax plus 20% Vat feeds through to every person and this Government don’t give a fuck. Hence the Tax loopholes which we all try and exploit to our own advantage and quite rightly so. Basically everyone will always ‘look after their ain’
However the biggest Shame when we address what has happened in Scottish football has nothing to do with the tax situation and everything to do with the government of the game.
How did a new company/club skip due process and get a free pass to SFL 3 with no trading history? That is the BIG problem we need to address on behalf of well run clubs like SPARTANS who are a real football club with a real footballing and social background.
So forget the Tax Case and concentrate on pressuring the football authorities in this country to explain to you why a made up football club got preferential treatment over well run profitable community clubs like Spartans or even Forres Mechanics.
This is the main shame of Scottish football Authorities.
I’ve moaned about Lawwell and co over their Business plan. I was wrong. It’s about time we all realised that the future of Scottish football lies in other clubs following Celtic’s example. I’m happy to see most real football clubs have.
 

Comments

  1. AMEN to this!!
    I have been targeting the SFA and Hampden since almost day one. They are the custodians of the game and must run the games with the rule book in hand. Sadly they don’t. Being in football I see cheating, corruption and wrong doing at almost every level.
    The SFA are culpable here. I think you are spot on, time to leave them to worry about their issues and we turn our debate to the office bearers at Hampden Park.
    I have it on good authority, Regan, Doncaster and Ogilvie will be gone at the next SFA/SPL AGM’s. the big question is who will take over, will they fail our game also? All the blogging we have all done over the last few years must hit home, and maybe, just maybe they will put people in place with no agenda or support for 1 team in particular.
    The biggest issue for me is still the Referee issue, Andrew Dallas is about to start doing SPL games as 1st official, this will cause trouble, and the SFA put him there.
    Great blog with a lot of substance to debate Jas
    Blogger

    1. Blogger, I hope you are right regarding the moving on of Regan&Co. They are without doubt some of the most devious, poisonous characters in Scottish fitba. I was actually surprised, that WGS accepted the national job until I read you had a whisper their jaicket was on a shakey nail. It then seemed to add up. Like you I have questioned the SFA on the legalities and reasoning behind Sevco’s admission to the lower league. Not only have I not received a reply, but not even a computorised receipt of my attempts. Do you have an email address which would bring me more success?

          1. As will I barca. Come tomorrow after the celebration of another final, my emails will be smoking. My thanks as always, Blogger, for the hard graft.
            Another 4-0 today.
            H H

        1. Still waiting on a reply Blogger, but Regan pretty much answered a lot of my queries on radio last night. Been trying to contact Celtic Park to see if they were involved, or knew who made up the so called SPL working group. It’s been like Blondie, hangin on the telephon….at 10p per min and then cut off! A few quid down so far!

  2. AMEN to this!!
    I have been targeting the SFA and Hampden since almost day one. They are the custodians of the game and must run the games with the rule book in hand. Sadly they don’t. Being in football I see cheating, corruption and wrong doing at almost every level.
    The SFA are culpable here. I think you are spot on, time to leave them to worry about their issues and we turn our debate to the office bearers at Hampden Park.
    I have it on good authority, Regan, Doncaster and Ogilvie will be gone at the next SFA/SPL AGM’s. the big question is who will take over, will they fail our game also? All the blogging we have all done over the last few years must hit home, and maybe, just maybe they will put people in place with no agenda or support for 1 team in particular.
    The biggest issue for me is still the Referee issue, Andrew Dallas is about to start doing SPL games as 1st official, this will cause trouble, and the SFA put him there.
    Great blog with a lot of substance to debate Jas
    Blogger

    1. Blogger, I hope you are right regarding the moving on of Regan&Co. They are without doubt some of the most devious, poisonous characters in Scottish fitba. I was actually surprised, that WGS accepted the national job until I read you had a whisper their jaicket was on a shakey nail. It then seemed to add up. Like you I have questioned the SFA on the legalities and reasoning behind Sevco’s admission to the lower league. Not only have I not received a reply, but not even a computorised receipt of my attempts. Do you have an email address which would bring me more success?

          1. As will I barca. Come tomorrow after the celebration of another final, my emails will be smoking. My thanks as always, Blogger, for the hard graft.
            Another 4-0 today.
            H H

        1. Still waiting on a reply Blogger, but Regan pretty much answered a lot of my queries on radio last night. Been trying to contact Celtic Park to see if they were involved, or knew who made up the so called SPL working group. It’s been like Blondie, hangin on the telephon….at 10p per min and then cut off! A few quid down so far!

  3. JasCam
    TCN is always my nightcap read. This one I will sleep on no bother. If it was my fingers instead of nail heads you were hitting, I would have none left to type this. I look forward to expanding after having literally slept on it. Very pertinent.
    H H

  4. JasCam
    TCN is always my nightcap read. This one I will sleep on no bother. If it was my fingers instead of nail heads you were hitting, I would have none left to type this. I look forward to expanding after having literally slept on it. Very pertinent.
    H H

  5. There are a number of issues that the SFA need to address and supporters trusts have been asked raise them via their clubs.
    Details are on The Scottish Football Monitor Blog or Alex Thomsons where the SFA have at least replied but in a way that raises a number of other important questions.
    Good to read other blogs see this as a critical issue.

    1. Thanks for this pointer, Auldheid. I for one will be following this up to see how I can contribute.
      H H

  6. There are a number of issues that the SFA need to address and supporters trusts have been asked raise them via their clubs.
    Details are on The Scottish Football Monitor Blog or Alex Thomsons where the SFA have at least replied but in a way that raises a number of other important questions.
    Good to read other blogs see this as a critical issue.

    1. Thanks for this pointer, Auldheid. I for one will be following this up to see how I can contribute.
      H H

  7. Personally, I’ve regarded the SFA (and the various incarnations of the Scottish League) as principle targets since long before there was any whiff of tax irregularities at the ZombieDome. These are the organisations which turned a blind eye to the Huns’ inexcusable sectarianism for decade after decade after decade. That alone is conclusive and damning proof of their unfitness to govern the national game.
    We must understand that their main objective has always been to guarantee that Rangers would be Scotland’s top club. They have consistently made it as difficult as possible for any other club to threaten that goal. Obviously, the main obstacle to Rangers dominance has usually been Celtic. However, in periods when the likes of Aberdeen were in the ascendancy, they too had to endure some equalling appalling injustices at the hands of the Park Gardens Lodge and its affiliated brethren. We should be absolutely clear about that.
    It hasn’t always been necessary to penalise Celtic unfairly during periods when the team was rank rotten. Nonetheless, it has always been deemed essential to undermine the efforts of any other club which presented a genuine challenge to the Establishment’s favourites.
    The SFA has long been a stinking cesspit of pro-Hun corruption. The only difference between the current situation and what has preceded it is that supporters of ALL non-Sevconian clubs have exerted sustained pressure which has put the Association squarely on the back foot. It’s still absolutely vital to deliver a knock-out blow and that means there must be no easing up. The present opportunity must be seized with both hands. If we don’t press home the advantage while we can, the chance won’t come again.
    .

  8. Personally, I’ve regarded the SFA (and the various incarnations of the Scottish League) as principle targets since long before there was any whiff of tax irregularities at the ZombieDome. These are the organisations which turned a blind eye to the Huns’ inexcusable sectarianism for decade after decade after decade. That alone is conclusive and damning proof of their unfitness to govern the national game.
    We must understand that their main objective has always been to guarantee that Rangers would be Scotland’s top club. They have consistently made it as difficult as possible for any other club to threaten that goal. Obviously, the main obstacle to Rangers dominance has usually been Celtic. However, in periods when the likes of Aberdeen were in the ascendancy, they too had to endure some equalling appalling injustices at the hands of the Park Gardens Lodge and its affiliated brethren. We should be absolutely clear about that.
    It hasn’t always been necessary to penalise Celtic unfairly during periods when the team was rank rotten. Nonetheless, it has always been deemed essential to undermine the efforts of any other club which presented a genuine challenge to the Establishment’s favourites.
    The SFA has long been a stinking cesspit of pro-Hun corruption. The only difference between the current situation and what has preceded it is that supporters of ALL non-Sevconian clubs have exerted sustained pressure which has put the Association squarely on the back foot. It’s still absolutely vital to deliver a knock-out blow and that means there must be no easing up. The present opportunity must be seized with both hands. If we don’t press home the advantage while we can, the chance won’t come again.
    .

  9. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR EVERY TAXPAYER IN SCOTLAND TO PURSUE HMRC AND QUESTION WHY IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG FOR AN OUTCOME.
    IF IT WAS YOU OR I THAT OWED THEM MONEY THEY WOULD COME DOWN ON US LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

  10. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR EVERY TAXPAYER IN SCOTLAND TO PURSUE HMRC AND QUESTION WHY IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG FOR AN OUTCOME.
    IF IT WAS YOU OR I THAT OWED THEM MONEY THEY WOULD COME DOWN ON US LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

  11. JasCam
    I am rested now but I find my anger regarding this issue is not assuaged. Like yourself and so many posters, I have long since believed that the Scottish Football authorities operated to an agenda aimed at restricting the influence and success of Celtic or increasing that of Rangers depending on the need at any given period. It would seem, however, that such underhand methodology peaked during the recent Rangers saga. That there was no public condemnation in the media nor recognition of serious mismanagement, if not potential corruption, among those responsible is beyond astounding. It may be that many of us, having witnessed it for so long, have become resigned to such behaviour but the time has undoubtedly come when the voice and the actions of genuinely committed football supporters must be unyieldingly effective. The power is there. That was proven during the behind-closed- doors intrigue of the S.P.L. chairmen. In the end the supporters forced the right outcome. I think we may have unwisely taken our eye off the ball when it came to the S.F.L.3 decision and the wheels of accommodation triumphed. This maladministration has to be laid bare and the incompetent leaders rooted out if the Scottish game is to be cleansed and reborn.
    How can this be achieved? In my opinion the starting point has to be a call for fans to unite. This should include those newco fans who are willing to address the issues with non-blinkered eyes and no predispositions. For them, of course, the biggest stumbling block will be accepting a level playing that will inevitably scupper their C.E.O.’s plans for more “fast tracking” to the top tier. It would undoubtedly curb much of his rash, if not mendacious, outbursts and predictions which have surfed the supporters through the last few months on a tidalwave of self deception. It will involve them earning their place just like all other clubs. It may be unsatisfactory to many other supporters, given that newco’s current position flouted every S.F.A. and S.F.L. regulation, but it would be mere vindictiveness and probably unfruitful to try to turn the clock back. It must be assured, however, that any new arrangements are within all Scottish football regulations, apply to every club and are rigidly exercised no matter the potential consequences. Most importantly, as many have referred to, any new club must, absolutely must, follow the proper entry procedures to any league no matter the presumed benefits from a fast track. This is where the supporters of the lower league teams have an important role. They too need to be brought on board and assured of their importance to the overall process.
    Once there is a united front among supporters in sufficient numbers to effect change, then the alleged mismanagement and malpractices need to be listed and exposed. The fundamental weakness in any confrontation is not having the evidence to prove one’s case. Such evidence must be gathered and made public and for me there is no simpler nor more effective way than through the internet. It would not take much for many of us to put a telling list together. Without any effort I can recall the George Cadette case, Dougiegate and the infamous email. There are definitely others probably even more serious accusations that can be levelled at the administrators both past and present. However, even without these specific incidents there is overwhelming evidence of an old boys network mentality that has inordinate and selective leanings towards one club. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the handing of the Rangers and newco issues at various stages over many months. Decent people would not normally need the nudge but it would seem that those in place today have little, if any, awareness or understanding of an honourable outcome. The evidence is in the face. What is required is that it is used effectively to create a real and lasting impact and that might be best via club executives and chairs.
    I confess to having been an impatient critic of Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board on occasion for their silence on certain issues. I too have reflected and now believe, like others, that my judgements have too often been too hasty. The Celtic board is in an insidious position regarding Scottish football governance. Caught between a rock and a hard place they are in a sense doomed either way. In the case of Rangers’ demise, silence has been proven to be golden. However, as JasCam said, they lead the way. They are the most powerful engine in the battleship. If they must remain circumspect in open conflict they can surely play a “blinder” behind the closed doors of other football boardrooms. I now firmly believe they themselves not only understand and recognise the weaknesses in the Scottish administration but are conscious of the frustration of fans. That awareness may need to be extended to the despair of the supporters of other clubs as well. It most certainly has to be a duty to make other chairs and directors realise their responsibilities to the Scottish game as well as their own clubs – and force them act accordingly.
    It is my conclusion that a complete overhaul of Scottish football, especially in the top echelons of power, is not only desirable but crucial to its survival. That reform is not so much for the sake of improvement but more for the purging of abuse is palpable to me and, I dare say, many, many others. Unity is an essential element among both supporters of ALL clubs and their governors. Even those facing challenges to their current status or position must accept that survival and manipulation can not hold hands. Everyone has to kiss and make up before there is any chance of moving forward. Sadly, those that refuse will be left in a barren place. The tragedy could be that they drag everyone else there with them. We must not let this happen.
    H H

    1. Thanks for your reply PB. The blog was actually written straight of the top of my head. However the mismanagement of the game is something that like yourself that has concerned me for sometime. No doubt newco were given a helping hand into the league structure but since they have instead of being humble on the matter their words and actions have been poisonous. That has created a bad environment with our the game.
      None of this would have happened if due process was followed and a forward thinking community club like Spartan’s had been asked to join the SFL. Now I know that would have caused a bit of unrest with the oldco/newco support but the laws of the game must be seen to be applied evenly to every club in Scotland or dangerous precedents like this arise and the trust and integrity within our game becomes questionable. HH

  12. JasCam
    I am rested now but I find my anger regarding this issue is not assuaged. Like yourself and so many posters, I have long since believed that the Scottish Football authorities operated to an agenda aimed at restricting the influence and success of Celtic or increasing that of Rangers depending on the need at any given period. It would seem, however, that such underhand methodology peaked during the recent Rangers saga. That there was no public condemnation in the media nor recognition of serious mismanagement, if not potential corruption, among those responsible is beyond astounding. It may be that many of us, having witnessed it for so long, have become resigned to such behaviour but the time has undoubtedly come when the voice and the actions of genuinely committed football supporters must be unyieldingly effective. The power is there. That was proven during the behind-closed- doors intrigue of the S.P.L. chairmen. In the end the supporters forced the right outcome. I think we may have unwisely taken our eye off the ball when it came to the S.F.L.3 decision and the wheels of accommodation triumphed. This maladministration has to be laid bare and the incompetent leaders rooted out if the Scottish game is to be cleansed and reborn.
    How can this be achieved? In my opinion the starting point has to be a call for fans to unite. This should include those newco fans who are willing to address the issues with non-blinkered eyes and no predispositions. For them, of course, the biggest stumbling block will be accepting a level playing that will inevitably scupper their C.E.O.’s plans for more “fast tracking” to the top tier. It would undoubtedly curb much of his rash, if not mendacious, outbursts and predictions which have surfed the supporters through the last few months on a tidalwave of self deception. It will involve them earning their place just like all other clubs. It may be unsatisfactory to many other supporters, given that newco’s current position flouted every S.F.A. and S.F.L. regulation, but it would be mere vindictiveness and probably unfruitful to try to turn the clock back. It must be assured, however, that any new arrangements are within all Scottish football regulations, apply to every club and are rigidly exercised no matter the potential consequences. Most importantly, as many have referred to, any new club must, absolutely must, follow the proper entry procedures to any league no matter the presumed benefits from a fast track. This is where the supporters of the lower league teams have an important role. They too need to be brought on board and assured of their importance to the overall process.
    Once there is a united front among supporters in sufficient numbers to effect change, then the alleged mismanagement and malpractices need to be listed and exposed. The fundamental weakness in any confrontation is not having the evidence to prove one’s case. Such evidence must be gathered and made public and for me there is no simpler nor more effective way than through the internet. It would not take much for many of us to put a telling list together. Without any effort I can recall the George Cadette case, Dougiegate and the infamous email. There are definitely others probably even more serious accusations that can be levelled at the administrators both past and present. However, even without these specific incidents there is overwhelming evidence of an old boys network mentality that has inordinate and selective leanings towards one club. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the handing of the Rangers and newco issues at various stages over many months. Decent people would not normally need the nudge but it would seem that those in place today have little, if any, awareness or understanding of an honourable outcome. The evidence is in the face. What is required is that it is used effectively to create a real and lasting impact and that might be best via club executives and chairs.
    I confess to having been an impatient critic of Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board on occasion for their silence on certain issues. I too have reflected and now believe, like others, that my judgements have too often been too hasty. The Celtic board is in an insidious position regarding Scottish football governance. Caught between a rock and a hard place they are in a sense doomed either way. In the case of Rangers’ demise, silence has been proven to be golden. However, as JasCam said, they lead the way. They are the most powerful engine in the battleship. If they must remain circumspect in open conflict they can surely play a “blinder” behind the closed doors of other football boardrooms. I now firmly believe they themselves not only understand and recognise the weaknesses in the Scottish administration but are conscious of the frustration of fans. That awareness may need to be extended to the despair of the supporters of other clubs as well. It most certainly has to be a duty to make other chairs and directors realise their responsibilities to the Scottish game as well as their own clubs – and force them act accordingly.
    It is my conclusion that a complete overhaul of Scottish football, especially in the top echelons of power, is not only desirable but crucial to its survival. That reform is not so much for the sake of improvement but more for the purging of abuse is palpable to me and, I dare say, many, many others. Unity is an essential element among both supporters of ALL clubs and their governors. Even those facing challenges to their current status or position must accept that survival and manipulation can not hold hands. Everyone has to kiss and make up before there is any chance of moving forward. Sadly, those that refuse will be left in a barren place. The tragedy could be that they drag everyone else there with them. We must not let this happen.
    H H

    1. Thanks for your reply PB. The blog was actually written straight of the top of my head. However the mismanagement of the game is something that like yourself that has concerned me for sometime. No doubt newco were given a helping hand into the league structure but since they have instead of being humble on the matter their words and actions have been poisonous. That has created a bad environment with our the game.
      None of this would have happened if due process was followed and a forward thinking community club like Spartan’s had been asked to join the SFL. Now I know that would have caused a bit of unrest with the oldco/newco support but the laws of the game must be seen to be applied evenly to every club in Scotland or dangerous precedents like this arise and the trust and integrity within our game becomes questionable. HH

  13. Regan and Doncaster will leave Hampden with big Rangers pay-off. Why? Because they will ensure that Sevco / dead Rangers keep all their titles in tact and as that is blatant corruption they will be well out of the picture.
    Sevco – job done!

  14. Regan and Doncaster will leave Hampden with big Rangers pay-off. Why? Because they will ensure that Sevco / dead Rangers keep all their titles in tact and as that is blatant corruption they will be well out of the picture.
    Sevco – job done!

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