Day: July 13, 2012

Rangers: Division Three Is The Place To Be… For Now

So. Farewell. Then. Neil Doncaster and Stewart Regan? You would hope so after today’s overwhelming decision by Scottish Football League clubs to accept new Rangers into their third division. This being the Rangers saga, however, that paragraph may be obsolete by the time I’ve finished the first draft of this article, let alone by the time you’ve read the finished one. And thanks to a, shall we say, “drafting error” at Ibrox, we know that the not-so-dynamic duo aren’t washed up yet. One of the many threats issued in the “SFL” briefing document Your game, your club, your future – which was sent to its clubs on June 27th – was the formation of a Scottish Premier League 2 (SPL2). And, at the time of typing, that plan seemed firmly in development. And it was new Rangers themselves who let the proverbial cat out of the bag in their initial statement on the SFL clubs decision, the final paragraph of which read: “It is now understood that on the back of a briefing SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and SFA counterpart Stewart Regan gave to clubs last week that the SPL will introduce a plan for an SPL 2 – which would include Rangers – and invite existing Division One members to join.” Whoops. About 45 minutes later, a new final paragraph emerged, saying: “It was mooted last week...

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Minus 10 – Pompey Don’t Do Summers …

… but if they did this one would be pretty much what they’d come up with. Just when you think it might brighten up another rainstorm blows through, drowning all hope of recovery. With the new points deduction imposed by the Football League yesterday Pompey’s Summer continues to mirror that of Rangers in a macabre North – South symmetry. With Pompey’s 2010 CVA being superceded by its 2012 CVA, the League has ruled that the creditors under the former were not given the opportunity to indicate their satisfaction with the latter. Given that the 2012 CVA reduces their payment from 20p in the £ to 0.4p this would seem to have been a serious omission. Baker Tilly representing the OldCo (PCFC Ltd), now in liquidation, at the creditors meeting clearly was not good enough. As a consequence the Football League have imposed four clear conditions on Portsmouth Football Club, and any company that owns it, being a member of League One. Those conditions in their entirety are: 1. Accept a deduction of 10 points in the 2012/13 season; 2. Agree that only a limited proportion of the secured debt from the previous club can be carried forward into the new company as secured debt. 3. Pay all football creditors in full, unless mutually acceptable compromise agreements are put in place. 4. Agree to a range of other restrictions on...

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Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence

Last Sunday’s website statement from the Hibernian Supporters Club (“Hibs Club”) and the Rangers Supporters Trust response to it exposed a chasm in thinking on Scottish football’s current problems. Supporters appear split down the middle between those who see Rangers as persecuted victims (Rangers fans) and those who see them as having taken Scottish football to the brink through their own poor financial management over the last 20 years (everyone else). Club statements have almost become passé in Scotland in recent days. No sooner had SPL clubs finished explaining why they didn’t want Charles Green’s currently league-less new club than SFL clubs were, mostly, doing likewise. The intricacies of today’s SFL SGM, at which its clubs are due to vote on Green’s club’s membership application, were dealt with in impressive detail by Gavin Saxton on this site earlier this week. Meanwhile, Rangers fan groups and sites have punted their line with impressive consistency and, as various decisions on their fate draw nearer, with increasing passion. The line is that their financial misdemeanours were the fault of individuals no longer at the club, not the club itself; and that all calls for “further” punishment are fuelled by revenge, jealousy, bigotry and, I discovered this week, much, much more. The “Hibs Club’s” Statement on Rangers and Scottish football pulled no punches criticising Scotland’s football authorities and their treatment of “new Rangers.”...

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