Tag: Rangers

Video of the Day: Morton vs Rangers, October 1980

Mark Warburton seems to have cracked it at Rangers this season. Twelve points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship with just two games having been lost and with a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic to look forward to, the club seems set to take its place in the Scottish Premier League next season, and tonight they can take another step towards promotion when they entertain Morton at Ibrox. Today, therefore, seems like an opportune moment to go back in time to another transitional period for the club, and an away match against tonight’s opposition. Now, we can...

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How Scottish Football Journalism Failed Its Journalists

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has possibly spent more time recently lambasting the media than dealing with the issues that have made his Old Trafford future a media story. Imagine, though, if United decided not only to ban “offending” journalists from their press conferences, as predecessor Alex Ferguson was wont to do in his more ‘emotional’ phases, but also to apply legal and commercial pressure to said journalists’ employers to force them out of their jobs. The outcry would expose United as bullies and opponents of free speech and discourage them from pursuing such an ugly strategy. That,...

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The Rangers Tax Case – Best Of Five?

It is not a good time to be a Ranger. Court cases, past and future, abound. The latest accounts show another multi-million pound annual loss. And the latest twist/turn in the “Rangers Tax Case” has, frankly, turned a reality of the last three years on its head. To recap quickly (and, experts may argue, simplistically), from 2001 to 2010, Rangers paid a number of their staff, mostly players, using off-shore “employee benefit trusts” (EBTs). In 2008, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) claimed that the monies were contracted earnings, liable for tax, and issued Rangers with their assessment of...

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How Scottish Football Journalism Works: Sky Sports News Finds Its Level

Okay, before we start, I know Sky Sports News (SSN) is not “Scottish” journalism. SSN is based in Osterley, a West London suburb famous otherwise for Osterley Park mansion… and also home to the Hurlingham Oddfellows cricket club when I played for their second XI, occasionally with distinction it must be said, in the late 1980s. However, Glaswegian SSN presenter Jim White last week went to South Africa to interview fellow-Glaswegian Dave King about the Glaswegian Rangers Football Club King now chairs. And you can’t get much more Scottish than that. Especially as Scottish money may well have paid...

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The Power Of Discretion And Why Guidelines Are… King

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) decision to deem Dave King “fit and proper” to become a Rangers director has proved widely popular. It is popular with Rangers fans because they believe the South African-based businessman will help fund the club back to what they call its “rightful place.” And it is popular with other fans because they believe he can’t and/or won’t. At face value, the decision is disgraceful. SFA regulations identify specific criteria by which a putative director’s fitness and propriety can be gauged. One is whether “he has been convicted within the last 10 years of…an offence liable to imprisonment of two years or over.” In August 2013, King received the world’s most famous 41 convictions for breaches of South African tax law, all of which were “liable to imprisonment of two years…” Another is whether “he has been a director of a club in membership of any National Association within the five-year period of such club having undergone an insolvency event.” Again, King fits this criteria like a glove, having been a Rangers non-executive director throughout the “five-year period” before it entered administration in February 2012. However, the SFA has “discretion as to whether or not such a person is fit and proper…after due consideration of all the relevant facts…in its possession and knowledge, including the undernoted list which is…illustrative and not exhaustive.” This gives the...

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