Scottish Football

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

By on Jul 13, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

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...

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Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence

By on Jul 13, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 21 comments

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...

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The Battle for Control of Scottish Football

By on Jul 10, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 8 comments

For the time being, this has pretty much ceased to be about Rangers. As the Scottish Football League prepares for its General Meeting on Friday, at which we may (or may not) get a final decision on their league placement for next season, Rangers themselves have assumed the position of bemused onlookers. Most polls now suggest they themselves want to be in the third...

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Rangers Again: The Buck is Passed to the SFL

By on Jul 5, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

It’s been a fraught and sometimes farcical week in Scottish football, as the authorities in the SFA and SPL have been scrabbling desparately to find a solution to the Rangers problem, in the face of staunch supporter opposition that they seem not to have anticipated. It culminated in yesterday’s SPL meeting, at which Rangers were, as expected, denied...

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Rangers: SPL Says No To Newco

By on Jul 4, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

Last weekend, there were a number of observers wondering why today’s vote on whether to accept a new “Rangers” into the Scottish Premier League next season…next month (ulp!)…was taking place at all. Eight of last season’s SPL clubs had already publicly, and at times passionately, stated their intention to vote against the application to transfer Rangers’ league...

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Which Way Now For Scottish Football?

By on Jun 29, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 10 comments

While the European Championships have been chugging along neatly in the forefront of most peoples minds over the last couple of weeks or so, football in Scotland has reached a crossroads, the ramifications of which could be felt for many years. The saga of Rangers FC and the debate – some might even say argument – over where The Rangers, the club that...

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An Open Letter to the Scottish Football League

By on Jun 26, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 8 comments

To all officials, boards and directors of the Scottish Football League and its member clubs, I wish to make known the strength of my opposition to any arrangement which would see a reformed Rangers parachuted into the second tier of Scottish football. Not only would this be wrong in its own terms, but any hasty reorganisation of the league structure that might be...

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100 Owners: Number 93 – Bill Hiddelston (Third Lanark)

By on Jun 23, 2012 in History, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

There is a curious paradox at the heart of the dynamic of a football club which always seems likely to attract a certain type of undesirable to the game. In terms of their financial position, most clubs live a hand to mouth existence, but many sit on one asset which has considerable value – their home ground. Because football in Britain developed in tandem...

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