Tag: Rangers

Mal From Ayr, Kilmarnock Fan Extraordinaire

Since the full extent of Rangers’ financial troubles was exposed in 2010, their fans have almost totally refused to accept that their club is to blame for anything at all ever. One manifestation of this is the accusation that any critic of the Rangers must be a bigot, an obsessive, a Celtic fan, or all three. Anyone claiming support for, say, Albion Rovers, or Kingstonian, is almost automatically branded a liar. For years, Celtic fans have seen Rangers fans throughout the media like some sort of bastardised “sixth sense” (“I see blue-nosed people”). So this isn’t a one-way or new phenomenon within the confines of Glasgow football fandom. But sometimes, when it looks like a Rangers/Celtic fan and sounds like a Rangers/Celtic fan, it IS a Rangers/Celtic fan, as was exposed for the nation to hear last Saturday evening, on BBC Radio 5 Live’s famous “6-0-6” phone-in programme. A “Kilmarnock fan,” Mal, from Ayr, phoned in to complain about the Scottish media’s obsession with Celtic’s 2-1 Champions League defeat of Barcelona at Celtic Park. There has been something of a Celtic love-fest in the Anglocentric national media. And some could argue that there is a brush of double standard about lauding Celtic for the method of their victory, while bemoaning Chelsea for their method of becoming European Champions last spring. But Celtic’s win over a Barcelona side of such...

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Charles Green Meets Keys & Gray – And Provides More Questions Than Answers

Ah, yes, the rule of three. From the Latin “omne trium perfectum,” (all that comes in threes is perfect), the rule is a comedy staple. So… a fortnight ago, we were treated to thirty-three minutes of the wit and wisdom of Craig Whyte – which the former Rangers owner padded out with thirty-two minutes and fifty seconds of his alternative version of recent Rangers events. Doubtless sometime soon Whyte’s predecessor David Murray will have thirty-three minutes of tales to tell about the financing of his era. The findings of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax) examining Rangers’ use of Employee Benefit Trusts are, genuinely, really, honestly on the way. And this might frighten Murray… and hacks like myself who promised to read the findings thoroughly before making comment and have been disturbed by internet reports of page numbers higher than 246. In the meantime, current Ibrox supremo Charles Green gave thirty-three minutes of his precious time to the well-researched grilling of Talksport presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray, the two Sky TV ex-employees trying to rehabilitate their careers after their yobbish sexism was caught on camera and disseminated to the world. I say “well-researched” as I am prone to sarcastic tendencies. Rangers fans may choose to disagree, whether they read it or not, but this article is far better researched than any questions from Keys, or the few asides from...

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“I Always Thought The Fan Base Could Be Monetised”: Craig Whyte Speaks To The BBC

Poor Craig Whyte. On the day he chose to give his version of the Rangers saga to the BBC, former Rangers joint administrator Paul Clark beats him to the “biggest Rangers lie” of the year trophy. Clark offered a dictionary definition of dishonesty and irony in his statement on Wednesday that he and David Whitehouse, his colleague at financial services firm Duff and Phelps, had achieved their “primary statutory function” as administrators of RFC 2012 PLC, the company which, under its former title ‘Rangers Football Club PLC,’ ran the club. This function was “to rescue” RFC 2012 PLC “as a going concern, in the interests of its creditors,” and Clark included this in the statement which formally announced that the creditors had approved the… er… liquidation of RFC 2012 PLC. To rub Whyte’s nose further in it, Clark then secured the runner-up spot by claiming they had achieved their second objective, to “secure a buyer” for Rangers. The objective was actually phrased a little differently: “achieving a better result for the company’s creditors as a whole than would be likely if the company were wound-up (without first being in administration).” Given that Duff and Phelps sold the assets and business of Rangers for £5.5m, £2.5m of which will end up with… Duff and Phelps, it remains to be seen how much “better” the result for the company’s creditors will...

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Rangers: A Warning From History

The contrast between the current public profiles of the Rangers FC’s Chief Executive and Chairman could not be greater. While the former, Charles Green, has a love of his own voice only matched by his disregard for telling the truth with it, the latter, Malcolm Murray, has largely – and wisely, to judge by his few public utterances – kept his own counsel. With Green taking time out to re-charge his bullshit batteries before the media onslaught in support of the new club’s Alternative Investment Market flotation, Murray last week became the defender of the Rangers faith, deploying what you might describe as a far subtler form of Green’s modus operandi for dealing with criticisms of the Rangers – blame everything on the “enemy”; if, that is, you thought Murray intellectually capable of subtlety. The latest attack on the Rangers family came in the ‘Sportsmoney’ section of America’s Forbes business magazine, from a source with far from impeccable footballing credibility, Jon Pritchett, CEO of “Chicago-based sports investment firm” Club 9 Sports (C9S), who had an intermittent involvement in the Rangers saga as an advisor to one-time preferred bidder, ‘trucking tycoon’ Bill Miller. C9S were some way advanced in Sheffield Wednesday takeover talks three years ago but their advances were acrimoniously rebuffed by Wednesday’s board. This was initially thought to be because of the board’s long-reviled desperation to cling to...

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Rangers: Promises, Promises

Charles Green bought the business, assets and – according to some, but not all, of paragraphs in last week’s report to creditors from administrators Duff and Phelps – the history of Rangers Football Club for a pittance in June. But he’s really paying for it now. “New Rangers’” placement in Scottish Football’s fourth tier means that what Channel 4 journalist Alex Thomson last week called the “voodoo economics” of old Rangers is part of that history. Amid all the superfluous focus on Green “paying” £2.7m for player contracts and the under-attention on the £1.5m paid for Ibrox, Murray Park and other “heritable properties”, it got lost that the club haemorrhaged FOUR… MILLION… POUNDS while in administration. One good thing emerged, for Green, from players objecting to their TUPE transfer to new Rangers. The quality of the playing staff diminished – enough to question whether new Rangers would have won promotion from division one. But the salary bill also diminished. Despite that, however, Green looks and sounds short of required funding. It’s no surprise that the £30m Green claimed would arrive from his still publicity-shy investors hasn’t emerged. But the scrabble for funding, especially the begging for season-ticket sales, smells of desperation. And now that attention has turned to new Rangers’ application for SFA membership, it appears that the Scottish game’s governing body is following the line punted by anti-Rangers...

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