Scottish Football

Rangers & The SPL Commission’s Verdict

By on Mar 4, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

BBC Scotland’s senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin broke the news that Rangers would not be stripped of Scottish Premier League (SPL) titles by an SPL Independent Commission an hour before its findings were formally released on Thursday. The initial reaction from delighted Rangers fans was that their club was exonerated by the Commission of any breach of SPL...

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Rangers: The Continuing Adventures Of Charles Green

By on Feb 25, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

The ability of Rangers CEO Charles Green to get up people’s noses has, depending on your opinion of him, with reached new heights or plumbed new depths of late. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the need to be hyper-sensitive when writing about Rangers – now that they are no longer “soft touches” for their critics (perceived or real) – you could say that Green is now...

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Rangers: Jim Traynor Remembers “Sporting Integrity”

By on Jan 13, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 4 comments

Many years ago, a Rangers-supporting friend, who also followed Kingstonian, said to me: “They do things differently in Glasgow.” At the time, this reminded me of an exchange which had just been reported in the diary section of When Saturday Comes magazine. Dutch superstar Ruud Gullit had expressed indignant surprise as the very physical nature of the English club...

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Charles Green: TUPE Or Not TUPE – Is That Still The Question?

By on Dec 24, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 3 comments

An unforeseen side-effect of the Rangers International Football Club share issue was the regurgitation of the “TUPE” issue surrounding the transfer of old Rangers players to Charles Green’s new Rangers on June 14th. The share prospectus, issued on December 5th, referenced an Employment Tribunal claim against Rangers Football Club Limited “on behalf of 67 un-named...

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The UEFA Champions League: So… How Lucky Were Celtic?

By on Dec 7, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

As slightly cumbersome Celtic centre-back Efie Ambrose got another indeterminate body part in the way of another intricate Barcelona passing move, my shredded nerves were joined by an extra sense of unease, as I thought of Chelsea. Celtic’s rearguard action in the Nou Camp on October 23rd was almost universally praised and manager Neil Lennon’s team were deemed...

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The Rangers Big Tax Case: Over & Out

By on Nov 28, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football |

So, farewell then, to the Rangers Tax Case (Big); unless HMRC appeals the impressively-detailed decision published last Tuesday. In which case, we’ll be here for years. The First Tier Tribunal (Tax) decision was a victory for Murray Group Holdings. The ‘oldCo’ Rangers parent company accepted there was a tax liability attached to a minority of its measures to avoid...

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Mal From Ayr, Kilmarnock Fan Extraordinaire

By on Nov 14, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

Since the full extent of Rangers’ financial troubles was exposed in 2010, their fans have almost totally refused to accept that their club is to blame for anything at all ever. One manifestation of this is the accusation that any critic of the Rangers must be a bigot, an obsessive, a Celtic fan, or all three. Anyone claiming support for, say, Albion Rovers, or...

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Hearts Up Against It

By on Nov 7, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 2 comments

Today’s news that the Hearts have been served with a winding-up petition for almost £450K in unpaid tax comes as little surprise to those of us who have been following the club’s fortunes over recent years. But such is the capricious and unpredictable nature of owner Vladimir Romanov that it’s impossible to tell, at this stage, whether this is just the latest in a...

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