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From yesterday’s Mail Online:

And from today’s:

Whether Sporting Integrity?

It was a neat trick last week for the SPL chairmen to appear to piously refuse Rangers newco’s application for the oldco’s membership to be transferred. This was particularly so because several of them, notably those at Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Dundee United (although not limited to these clubs) had been left in no doubt by their supporters that the consequence of any acquiescence towards Rangers newco would result in a fans’ boycott. The decision was a financial one, nothing more nothing less. A fans boycott would cost more than losing Rangers (for a season).

I nearly laughed out loud when I read Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston’s comment that the Self Preservation League chairmen had made a ‘brave’ decision. Or maybe he was being intentionally ironic.

Actually what is really happening would put Niccolò Machiavelli to shame.

Having passed the steaming foetid parcel to the SFL clubs to deal with, you’d think that the SPL would now take a step back. After all they had done their bit for sporting integrity, now it was the SFL’s turn. It’s a simple open and shut case – send Sevco to begin life in division three.

However the SPL (and the SFA) have clearly intimated to the SFL clubs their preferred outcome, i.e. Rangers newco to be allowed to start life in the SFL first division. In return for this the SPL would graciously offer to continue settlement payments to SFL clubs, there would be an additional promotion place available each season through play-offs and a one season TV deal.

This option clearly hasn’t gone down well with the fans. “Sporting Integrity!” they cry. “Send them to the third” “Get them to re-apply!” “Turn down their application!”. Reading the forums it seems that to be with the Zeitgeist in Scottish football, you are required to hate Rangers newco more than you support your own team. Anyone who steps out of line is sent to a proverbial Gulag. The irony here is that the Rangers fans themselves seem to have accepted by a majority that the newco should start in the third division.

Meanwhile there are whispers that the notion that Rangers newco will play in the second tier is a “done deal”. I use the term second tier rather than first division because there is an implied threat from the SPL that should the SFL clubs vote no on Friday to the SPL/SFA proposal, the SPL, in the interests of sporting integrity you understand, will step in and invite clubs, including Rangers newco, to a new SPL2.

In such an event it will be interesting indeed to witness how Partick Thistle, Morton, Falkirk and Raith Rovers will stick to their guns.

Will they follow the money or proudly stick with the diddy clubs? What do you think?

I don’t expect that my own club, Dumbarton, in the first division through sporting merit, would receive an invite from on high to SPL2. I doubt whether Cowdenbeath would either. That is why both of these clubs would be likely to vote yes to the SPL/SFA ‘proposal’.

Stenhousemuir have been widely vilified for this article on their website which clearly presents the financial implications for that club resulting from a yes or a no vote.

I happen to think that if Rangers newco went to the third division, it would render the coming season’s third division championship, and the following seasons’ second and first as nul and void. Where is the sporting integrity there? and where is the gain for the wee clubs (other than a couple of big crowds on the way through)

Scottish football and society would undoubtedly be a better place without the Old Firm. However, even with one of them in the critical ward, the money they generate has been thrown into sharp focus.

Sporting Integrity?

It’s become an oxymoron in Scotland.

A bit like Civil War.

Unintended Irony

There’s hardly a day gone by since February that the gates of Ibrox haven’t featured in the newspapers or TV.

However this one I spotted yesterday has a wee bit of unintended irony added.

I’m thinking of the sign bottom left.


And having followed the ongoing soap opera that has become Sevco 5088, Dumbarton supporters have been reflecting on the bullet we dodged having had John “Bomber” Brown in charge as manager for a mere 2o minutes before Clyde came in and offered him a wad more cash he decided he couldn’t take the job after all due to family circumstances.

I’m sure there is some explanation for Bomber assuming the demeanour of a psychotic fulminating social misfit who shouts at people on street corners, the other night.

Or maybe he’s just a psychotic fulminating social misfit who shouts at people on street corners.



Rangers – The end game?

You know I just can’t see any way that Sevco will have a club/team ready to compete in whatever league will have them. Charles Green seems delusional at best.

What is the difference between the SPL and the EU?

One is a body, generally regarded as a failed concept which has presided over financial mismanagement and stratospheric debt of its members, leading to default. In completely desperate attempts to resolve matters they are taking a failed concept, urging closer integration and making it bigger.

And er……so is the other

Keep Calm and Carry On

We have heard much in recent months about how Scottish football in general and the SPL in particular, couldn’t survive without Rangers or the Old Firm.

And yet in 2009 a senior figure in the Scottish game, when commenting on the possibility of the Old Firm leaving to play in an “Atlantic League” said that he had no fears for the wellbeing of the clubs Celtic and Rangers would leave behind in the SPL if they did move on to help form a new league.

In fact, he was adamant that other clubs having an increased chance of winning the national title for the first time since Aberdeen back in 1985 would result in vastly increased gates and general renewed interest.

Who was this knowledgeable and articulate spokesman?…………………

Step forward Sir Walter of Smith!

Blue Yonder

I wrote here about the scenario that now looks likely to face the football club formerly known as Rangers.

The standing joke in this locality in recent weeks is that Dumbarton could be playing two divisions above Rangers next season.

That’s looking more likely this morning.

King of Irony

I’ve just been reading this article at the Mail Online about the latest episode in the Rangers farrago

I’m thinking of the people mentioned in the article. Dave King, David Murray,Craig Whyte, Paul Murray, Charles Green etc. I don’t know about a used car, I wouldn’t risk buying a penny caramel from any of them.

Did I mention Duff and Phelps?

Anyway I noticed this photo and caption:

And was struck by the physical resemblance between Charles Green and Paul Murray.

The best bit of the article though was Dave King’s assertion that:

‘I am opposing the CVA and urge all loyal fans to do the same,’ he said.

‘We don’t want to be back in a similar situation next season. I also believe all true Rangers fans should not buy any season tickets until full and frank disclosure has been provided by Duff & Phelps, Mr Green, and Mr Whyte, as to what is truly going on behind the scenes.’

King invested £20m in Rangers when Sir David Murray owned the club. He announced plans to sue Murray for the cash in March, citing ‘non disclosure’ of the true financial position 12 years ago.

King is currently being pursued for £227 million by the South African Revenue Service.


I’m sure though, that in Mr King’s case, there will not have been any failure to disclose his true financial position.

The Glorious Twelfth?

I read this piece in the Telegraph this morning.

Specifically I noted that:

And there was me thinking that any cooling off period around Ibrox was usually AFTER July 12!

Duff Choices

The man on Craig Whyte’s right here (i.e. on the left of the picture) is David Grier. He acted as a consultant to Whyte and Rangers during and after Whyte’s takeover of the Ibrox club.

Grier was interviewed on February 1 by the website Business 7, part of the Daily Record’s Media Scotland group.

The interview, which wasn’t published, was carried out amid rumours that Duff & Phelps were being lined up by Craig Whyte as administrators of Rangers. The club were eventually plunged into administration on February 14.

He was asked if the finances at the club were “dire”.

Grier replied: “I don’t know where you are getting that information from but we certainly don’t know that information.”

When asked if he was advising Rangers on any form of insolvency or being lined up as an administrator, Grier said: “No.”

He also denied any knowledge of an unpaid £6million VAT bill and added: “There are no creditors taking them to court.”

Two weeks later, it emerged Rangers owed £9million in unpaid PAYE tax and VAT.

Grier is boss of Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps.

What’s that smell?


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