Rangers’ Nightmare Week

This week, Alex Salmond held discussions with David Cameron about the terms of a referendum on independence, and Cameron launched his own pleas in defence of the Union. It’s a story that has been dominating the headlines for weeks in Scotland – not unreasonably – but this week, Cameron was unlucky with his timing. His speech got some cursory coverage, and the rest of the news, as it has been since Monday afternoon, has been wall-to-wall Rangers. The self-mythologising by which Rangers’ fans have convinced themselves they’re more than just a football club may be nonsense but – however much it might be wished otherwise – it’s undeniably true that they have an influence over Scottish society that goes well beyond sport, and however much we might wish it otherwise, their position within the Scottish game makes this administration quite unlike any of the others have have taken place in British football over the years. The exact timing and circumstances might have caught people on the hop, but that the club was in such serious trouble has long been known – independently of their primary dispute with HMRC, which has been a bit of a smokescreen. David Murray left the club in the lurch, and Craig Whyte took over in spring last year despite a number of misgivings within the board about his fitness to do so. Nothing that...

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