Now That Rangers Are Saved

The “Blue Knights”? Really?? I don’t suppose Rangers fans who are backing former director Paul Murray’s bid for the club care about how ridiculous his consortium’s media moniker sounds, now that Rangers are saved. At least they won’t care, as long as Murray and the various Rangers supporters’ groups attached to his bid are more successful at ousting current owner Craig Whyte than the “Red Knights,” after whom they are presumably named, were at ridding Manchester United of the turbulent Glazers. The whopping pay-cuts which saved Rangers revealed in the starkest terms the distance behind English football to which the Scottish game has fallen. Rangers, Scotland’s biggest, most successful club, were overpaying their players by multiples. Yet, even though they were that far beyond-their-means, they were losing battles for players with English second-tier clubs. So when Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan talked of “disaster” if Rangers fell, he rather overlooked the fact that, financially anyway, Scottish club football already IS a disaster. But now that Rangers are saved, such matters are less important again. There were sighs of relief throughout the Scottish game when the pay cuts were agreed. Rangers will now survive until the end of the season, which has given bidders time to gather their resources in an attempt to make Rangers what it was before Craig Whyte intervened. Joint administrators Dave Clark and Paul Whitehouse (or...

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