Which Way Now For Scottish Football?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. Carntyne says:

    I think most understand the financial considerations of Sevco going to the 3rd division,but if they are popped straight into the first division there is a realistic chance that fans will turn away from football.

    This is no empty threat and the SPL recognised that by refusing Sevco entry to the SPL.

    Like many others I’m going to play golf on a Saturday if this disgraceful SFL ‘proposal’ is forced through.

    And hell mend them.

  2. pat says:

    There is not possibility of Rangers ‘dropping to Division 3′. Rangers are coming to and end. There is a new club called Sevco who are trying to join Scottish football and leapfrog a number of others.

    “If they drop into Division Three it will be regarded by some as an excessive and vindictive punishment on the basis of their previous success”

    As already stated this would not be a demotion. Secondly, this ‘success’ you speak of has nothing to do with what fair-minded fans want to happen. Besides, it was a hollow ‘success’ built on other peoples money and illegally registered players. Had they played by the rules one wonders how much they would have won.

  3. Michael says:

    A strong article and gets to the heart of the matter. Rangers are the establishment team in Scotland, and have been protected for years by those running the game up here. David Murray and others oversaw a period of cheating and fraud during which Rangers won a substantial number of trophies which, arguably, they may not have won had they been running their off-field activities properly. Now that those years have caught up with them and they faced legal challenges, penalties, sanctions or even expulsion, those who are entrusted with the game in Scotland have stepped up a gear to protect a variety of things, integrity, honesty and sporting values, not being among them. It is a shameful episode for football in Scotland and, much as I love watching Scottish teams compete on a European and International level, I fear those days may be over once FIFA and EUFA consider the outcome of the omnishambles that is being perpetrated by those employed or elected to protect the game. I wanted to use the word ‘sport’ there, unfortunately, I no longer feel It appropriate. A final word, I feel truly sorry for those genuine Rangers fans, a number of whom I class as friends, and also relatives. However, I have no sympathy for those who lord it over everyone else in the game, spouting vile and superiority – and believing it too.

  4. Simon Cope says:

    “Under the plans, the club would have to have to accept the football debts and fines of the old Rangers club”

    Did the Beeb (or the source of the leak) explain how this particular part of the proposal might sit with Rangers’ non-football creditors? Or exactly how this sort of arrangement might apply with company law?

    I totally agree with your “malign prism” by the way. It seems almost impossible for anyone to hold an opinion on any part of this debacle without being automatically labelled either a sympathiser or hater of Rangers.

    For the record, I fail to see why Rangers Take II should be treated any differently to Gretna Take II. To make a special case purely because they are (or rather, were) Rangers just calls the whole integrity of Scottish football into question.

  5. John says:

    I may be wrong but are not the Rangers we are talking about a new club.
    So this club has no previous history.
    A new club or newco, whatever it is called should start in Division 3.

  6. Martin says:

    I think this refusal to consider the new Rangers as anything to do with the old one is crass in the extreme.

    Its the same people who in one breath say a football club is not a business, its the fans who are the club not the owners. These people then turn and say that this Rangers is not the same as the old one even though it has the same fans, the same ground, the same name, the same colours and even some of the same players.

    Hypocrisy I’m afraid.

  7. p groom says:

    martin I think you are forgetting that the new owners (and fans)have got to the present state of affairs precisely because of the name change. it very conveniently allowed them to ditch their debts. now they want to resurrect the old name again as if nothing has happened. thats hypocrisy.

  8. Michael Tsui says:

    @Simon Cope

    I can think of one possibility. The Newco, in order to be admitted to SFL D1, will have to issue bonds to whom football creditors the Oldco owed, in the same amount sans what they are paid after liquidation (or, some negotiated amount).

    If this goes through, football will sooner or later become essentially single entity in the American model, since clubs can just liquidate year after year, with all registration held by the league.

  9. Simon Cope says:

    Thanks Michael. Surely any such arrangement along the lines that you propose would be subject to legal challenge by all the non-football creditors? I’m no company law expert – bar what I picked up during the downward spiral of Scarborough FC to its inevitable liquidation in 2007 – but surely you can’t even hint about doing some creditors of OldCo a favour under your NewCo guise?

  10. There really isn’t anything complicated about this situation. Rangers FC is dead. That’s all there is to it. As far as the question of how Scottish football will cope without Rangers is concerned, we’re about to find out.
    If somebody wants to form a Rangers Tribute Band FC to cash in on a perceived gap in the market, then they’ll need to get a move on but as things stand, there is no such entity.
    No Rangers Tribute Band FC is registered with the SFA.
    An unregistered club cannot sign and register players.
    Any club which wishes to apply for membership of the professional senior football leagues in Scotland must submit audited accounts for a minimum of the previous three years.

    It really is as simple as that.
    There is no Rangers now. Furthermore, right now, there is no viable successor club to Rangers. It will take at least three years before any new club can satisfy the league’s criteria for even submitting an application to join.
    It is ludicrous to speculate about which division of the Scottish league a non-existing entity should join.

    The only people who are having trouble seeing this are those who still cannot accept the fact that Rangers have self-destructed. Their denial of the true position makes it pretty well impossible for them to chart the correct course ahead, even more so when they’ve just driven themselves over a cliff.

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