Tag: Rangers

Scottish Football… “Corruption” – Resolution 12

Strong, occasionally irrefutable, evidence has existed for years of Scotland’s football authorities’ dishonesty in dealings with certain member clubs. Football journalists elsewhere in Britain would pursue such stories. Scotland’s football press seem to care more for covering them up. For example, “Resolution 12,” which, almost inevitably, involves Rangers avoiding sanction for clear breaches of financial regulations. On 30th June 2011, Rangers owed £2.8m in tax and interest linked to a “Discount Options Scheme” (DOS) which operated from 1999 to 2003. The details of the scheme remain migraine-inducing. However, Rangers had accepted the £2.8m liability, which rendered them ineligible for...

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How Scotland’s Football Press Rewrites Scottish Football History

The recent emergence of twitter account @mintys_lamb has re-emphasised the inadequacies and/or dishonesties of many of Scotland’s mainstream football journalists. The account focuses on how Scotland football press (SFP) covered Rangers’ financial collapse, how they covered other clubs who avoided that fate and how they are re-writing Rangers’ history. This article is not about whether the current Rangers is four or 144 years’ old. Instead, it highlights how little the SFP can be trusted to inform that debate, given the diametrically opposed narratives they have produced, without explanation for, or evidence to substantiate, that change. When Rangers Football Club...

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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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