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Rangers, Alex Thomson & Presbytarian Slaps

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……

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April 20, 2012

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

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…

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April 13, 2012

Rangers Supporters Groups & Doing The Right Thing

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…

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April 10, 2012

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

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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March 29, 2012

Rangers: The “Experts” Speak

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…

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March 26, 2012

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

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…

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March 23, 2012

Who Are The Horsemen Of The Rangers Apocalypse?

The dizzying raft of exposes emanating from investigations into twenty-first century Rangers (and a few years before, if ex-director Hugh Adam’s revelations are at all credible) is truly now doing my head in. Plymouth Argyle’s pock-marked spell in administration last year produced enough material for almost daily updates on this site. And the Rangers situation…

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March 20, 2012
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