Rangers: A Warning From History

The contrast between the current public profiles of the Rangers FC’s Chief Executive and Chairman could not be greater. While the former, Charles Green, has a love of his own voice only matched by his disregard for telling the truth with it, the latter, Malcolm Murray, has largely – and wisely, to judge by his few public utterances – kept his own counsel. With Green taking time out to re-charge his bullshit batteries before the media onslaught in support of the new club’s Alternative Investment Market flotation, Murray last week became the defender of the Rangers faith, deploying what you might describe as a far subtler form of Green’s modus operandi for dealing with criticisms of the Rangers – blame everything on the “enemy”; if, that is, you thought Murray intellectually capable of subtlety. The latest attack on the Rangers family came in the ‘Sportsmoney’ section of America’s Forbes business magazine, from a source with far from impeccable footballing credibility, Jon Pritchett, CEO of “Chicago-based sports investment firm” Club 9 Sports (C9S), who had an intermittent involvement in the Rangers saga as an advisor to one-time preferred bidder, ‘trucking tycoon’ Bill Miller. C9S were some way advanced in Sheffield Wednesday takeover talks three years ago but their advances were acrimoniously rebuffed by Wednesday’s board. This was initially thought to be because of the board’s long-reviled desperation to cling to...

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