Scottish Football

Now That Rangers Are Saved (Redux)

By on May 4, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 36 comments

We are delighted to announce today that 200% has received an unconditional bid for the Rangers opinion piece from Mr Mark Murphy which has been accepted and he is now the preferred author. Mr Murphy now proposes to complete his article by the end of this weekend. Mr Murphy’s proposal involves the use of a specially-created article and the retention of the initial...

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Another Week On The Edge For Rangers

By on Apr 27, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

It’s not as easy as it looks, this administration lark. In my time writing on football finance, I have yet to experience any sympathy for an administrator, or believe that maybe senior ones are earning their weekly wage packets-per-hour. But gone is the sense that Dave Clark and Paul Whitehouse would have been better administrators than Paul Clark and David...

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Rangers, Alex Thomson & Presbytarian Slaps

By on Apr 20, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 18 comments

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...

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Rangers Football Club: The Good, The Bad & The Loopy

By on Apr 13, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 4 comments

You can say what you like about Scottish media coverage of Rangers’ financial crisis but you’re certainly spoilt for choice. Unfortunately, that choice is all-too-often between parallel universes, with a tangential universe thrown in every time club owner Craig Whyte is within range of a microphone (Whyte’s common criticism of HMRC as “living on a different planet...

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Rangers Supporters Groups & Doing The Right Thing

By on Apr 10, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

At virtually all clubs in crisis, supporters are portrayed as victims, with lashings of sympathetic media coverage coming their way. So it has been with Rangers fans. Fans are occasionally admonished for not caring about financial recklessness while it funds success. But such a charge is nothing compared to the mismanagement of their clubs. People are paid – very...

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Buddies Or Enemies? St Mirren Get Dragged Into The Rangers Story

By on Mar 29, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

The timing was perfect – two-and-a-half years ago. Stewart Gilmour had been St. Mirren chair longer than anyone else in the club’s then 132-year history. He had overseen a ground move which, with the help of Tesco (other supermarket chains are available), had left the “Buddies” debt-cleared. And, perhaps conscious that the Scottish professional football...

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Rangers: The “Experts” Speak

By on Mar 26, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

A recurring side-issue to Rangers current financial crisis has been the Scottish media’s apparent inability to get its facts straight. This, critics say, has come from a mixture of media faith in the “official” line coming out of Ibrox and a basic misunderstanding of the tax tribunal process. The former charge is as old as the Old Firm itself and it has substance....

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EBTs, CVAs & The Future Of Scottish Football: The BBC Tackles Rangers

By on Mar 23, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 21 comments

Towards the end of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rangers – What Next?, my attention was flagging. A worthwhile broadcast descended into soppy sentiment as listeners were told of the 11-year-old boy asking his dad to cancel the family holiday to Florida and give the £2,000 cost to Rangers “Fighting Fund” instead (and Mickey Mouse was more likely to be in the Ibrox boardroom,...

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