The Rangers Tax Case, And More

The collapse of Rangers was one the highest profile financial collapses of a football club in the history of European football. It changed Scottish football forever, gave it a new language, and led to a wide ranging discussion of matters considerably broader than the financial incontience of one club.

Now That Rangers Are Saved

The “Blue Knights”? Really?? I don't suppose Rangers fans who are backing former director Paul Murray's bid for the club care about how ridiculous his consortium's media moniker sounds, now that Rangers are saved. At least they won't care, as long as Murray and the...

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Rangers’ Nightmare Week

This week, Alex Salmond held discussions with David Cameron about the terms of a referendum on independence, and Cameron launched his own pleas in defence of the Union. It's a story that has been dominating the headlines for weeks in Scotland - not unreasonably - but...

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BBC Scotland, Rangers And Craig Whyte

It hadn’t been Rangers’ best week. On the Monday, they lost two directors down the back of the corporate governance sofa, including “Mr. Rangers”, John Greig. And three days later, the BBC broadcast some people saying not very nice things about owner Craig Whyte’s...

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An Alternative View on the Media Bans

Football clubs and the media covering them live together as slightly estranged bedfellows, desirous of one another's company but at times cold or distant when the other's been bad in the sack. Quite often it is the club in some capacity turning away, demanding the...

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Shadows On The Wall: Whyte Wants Out of Scotland

Making a reference to Greek philosophy when discussing Glasgow Rangers probably sounds far too distorted to be credible. It likely is, but it was difficult not to consider Plato's Allegory of the Cave when hearing owner Craig Whyte talk of reviving the Atlantic League...

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An Old Firm Apology

According to the calendar, it is time to bash the first Old Firm match of this season. After all, ample material currently exists to do so just on their recent performances in Europe alone. Rangers failed to keep their European campaign alive past August whereas...

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Rangers FC – Ready For A Fall?

The story of a £2.8m tax liability (over)due for payment by Rangers Football Club ought to be a straightforward one. Either the club owes the money or it doesn’t. And it says it does. However, if Rangers FC does owe the money, and publicly admits as much, yet still...

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Rangers Under New Management But With An Old Problem

When your club is the league champion, it seems everyone wants to take you down. Titles often come with that rather annoying Bulls Eye that the manager can never remove from his club's back until they are no longer champions or he is no longer the manager. For...

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A Polaroid Moment in the Scottish Premier League

Photographs capture specific moments in time, with the more iconic ones representing certain splendors or symbolizing tumultuous events. The New York Times Square photo of an American sailor sealing victory with a kiss stands out as one of joy at the end of major...

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Rangers: Walter Smith, Manager Of The Season?

Manager of the season? As per usual, Eddie Howe is a strong candidate; this year for establishing AFC Bournemouth in League One and for re-energising Burnley’s stuttering promotion play-off bid in the Championship. Some would choose Stoke’s Tony Pulis. Not only...

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The Old Firm: Mea Culpa

The main hazard attached to stridency of opinion is that you are often wrong. Sometimes, my success rate is in line with a stopped clock. And it appears my suggestion that Celtic were more sinned against than sinner in their recent Scottish Cup victory over Rangers...

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Rangers: The Future Is As Murky As Ever

This weekend the News of the World reported that the Andrew Ellis takeover of Rangers was back on, this time from funding from the almost inevitable Russian tycoon, in the form of Vladimir Antonov. The ‘paper quoted a “source close to” Antonov who claimed the deal was “99% complete”. This apparently came as news to Rangers who immediately denied any knowledge, and indeed to Antonov who also denied that any contact had been made, though he didn’t deny an interest. At the moment it seems likely to be yet another red herring in the ongoing Rangers saga, but for all the denials there is some plausibility to the idea that Ellis and Antonov might have teamed up. Antonov has the cash and is searching actively for a football club in which to invest it.

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Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

Some ill-advised comments made by the Celtic chairman John Reid at last year's club AGM may now be coming back to haunt him, as rivals Rangers seem to be coasting to a Scottish Premier League championship. Mark Murphy takes a look at how the two clubs have progressed...

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The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford

Both Watford and Rangers have had disagreements at boardroom level over the last couple of weeks. Mark Murphy has been looking at both clubs, and arrives at the conclusion that under all of the smart talk, no-one – not even those directly involved – knows exactly what is going on.

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Rangers & Their Influential 10% Shareholder

After their recent defeat by the Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni, Walter Smith let slip that Lloyds Bank were running Rangers. Mark Murphy has been looking at the figures and is starting to think that, financially speaking, they may be stuck between a rock and a half place.

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