Rangers, Alex Thomson & Presbytarian Slaps

The one Rangers issue to attract more criticism recently than their financial management – alleged and actual – has been Scottish media coverage of it, especially in Glasgow itself. Scottish football journalists’ inability to comprehend Rangers’ current financial woes is already the stuff of legend. So for a truly remarkable angle to emerge now is… well… truly remarkable. London-based Channel 4 News has run a series of features on Rangers’ insolvency which has thrown new light on the story, thereby exposing flaws in Glasgow’s football journalism and its subservient attitude to the story’s subject. This, in turn, has caused trouble for the features’ presenter, Channel 4’s ‘chief correspondent’ Alex Thomson. His willingness to highlight those flaws has led the story into murkier waters, as the Glasgow media’s attitude to his criticisms has ranged from ultra-defensiveness to alleged threats of violence from another, as yet unnamed, journalist. Thomson’s work has been designed to detail the Rangers story to a national audience. As such, much of it has been familiar to Scottish media aficionados. Yet Thomson’s basic research into “corporate misgovernance” at Rangers and the Scottish Football Association has uncovered important details which Glasgow journalists overlooked, somehow. On March 20th, Thomson interviewed Rangers ex-director Hugh Adam, who had been quoted at length in the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper on March 2nd on the issues of player registrations and alleged “secondary” or...

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