Aye so Craigy Whyte came out of the lift yesterday and owned up to the funny smell surrounding him.
He did indeed use a mortgage taken out on three years future season ticket sales to fund Rangers debt being cancelled at Lloyds Banking Group.
Quite how on earth he thought he was going to keep this a secret, heaven knows.
Anyway, amidst all this brouhaha, everyone from football chairmen to leading politicians and public figures have been coming out of the woodwork. If I may paraphrase their remarks they are along the lines of “Rangers must survive for the good of the Scottish game/TV money/Celtic/Scotland standing in Europe etc. etc.”
Well I wonder.
What is it we are trying to preserve here? The financial good of Scottish football?
Isn’t nearly every club at every level in Scotland in debt?
How is the TV money dished out? Don’t Rantic and Celgers get most of it anyway?
How long will it be, if Rangers are saved as an institution important to the fabric and culture of Scottish society, before they and their partners in crime start making noises about leaving the SPL again?
Imagine the Scottish game without these crakens.
OK, so there would be no Sky money. However there would be an SPL where at the start of any given season, there would be a genuine competition for the championship, with perhaps half the league teams in with a genuine chance of winning? What effect would this have on attendances at those clubs?
As it is, the presence of the Old Firm has strangled competition in the game for over a quarter of a century. It turns out that one half of this cosy arrangement has won the league during that time by reckless borrowing and fraud, even though they had vastly bigger resources than the competition anyway.
The proposal recently was for the top league to return to ten teams just to suit the Sky TV deal (i.e. maintain the four times annual Punch and Judy show).
In reality most supporters want a bigger league.
The McLeish report last year conveniently ignored the biggest problem in Scottish football and that is lack of genuine competition.
I don’t see how saving Rangers is going to address this problem at all.
Rangers administrators and HMRC should be left to conclude a deal on their own, factoring in any interest from investors.
There should be no special treatment or government interference in this process.
The Old Firm
You can’t live with them and you can’t survive without them?
I’m not sure you know.
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