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A spell of humour….

via Claret and Amber:



I’m confused by the latest developments in the Rangers administration story.

From what I can gather, an American, who it is doubtful has ever even met a Scotsman or watched a fitba’ match wants to buy Rangers.

No, sorry, that should read he wants to buy Rangers assets for £11 million (they are worth several times that) and leave its liabilities in administration. He wants to do this without striking a deal with either the club’s majority shareholder or Ticketus.

As if Rangers’ creditors (including HMRC) are going to settle for £11 million.

Furthermore he wants guarantees in place that if he succeeds in performing this conjuring trick, that the SFA and SPL will not punish any newco club with points deduction, relegation or forfeiture of any historic honours won by Rangers.

The very fact that this guy is even being given any credibility by the administrators or those in the corridors of power in Scottish football is a disgrace.

From here it looks to this blogger that if a deal is done to let this guy take over Rangers it could very well be the end for them and will surrender any remaining credibility for Scottish Football.

If it does happen it will be because there is a collective will to save Rangers at any cost, even if the cost is greater to the wider game in Scotland.

Duff and Phelps continue to make £600 per hour out of this nonsense.

Edited to add : And yet overnight the situation has become even more confusing. The SFA has imposed a life ban from Scottish Football on Mr Rhyming Slang. Presumably they have concluded that he is to be held up as the man to blame for the whole mess. They have also banned the club from signing new players for a season. It would seem that scuppers any remaining hope of Rangers avoiding liquidation and that Duff and Phelps have trousered a couple of million quid for nothing. Trebles all round!



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Chinese whispers

Associated Press reports this morning that China is emphasising its good relations with North Korea.

AP reports that:

The Foreign Ministry said State Councilor Dai Bingguo met a North Korean group led by Kim Yong Il , secretary of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party and alternate member of the Political Bureau.

Dai (surely he had a Welsh granny? -ed) says that he was confident that under Kim Jong Un, North Korea will continue to move toward building a prosperous country.

Nothing particularly remarkable I suppose. However I decided to nip over to the North Korean News Agency to get their take on the visit. They haven’t quite caught up yet so something may appear tomorrow. In the meantime though the agency updates us with some fraternal and neighbourly musings on their partners to the south:

Perhaps a wee look at a map of the area crystallises the international issues here:

Beijing and Pyongyang are 500 miles apart.

However, elsewhere on the DPRK site they show their more tender side by reporting on Malaysian moothie king, Lang Blaw Sook:

Catching up

Cracking morning out on the loch yesterday. I didn’t take the camera looked a bit grey and overcast. However by the time I got there, there were some pretty spectacular skies (which I can’t show you because I didn’t take the camera)

Anyway it was great to touch base with my old friend James who thoroughly enjoyed his first trip on his new canoe. For those who know the loch we took he classic route via the Geggles and Narrows – a nice wee paddle of eight miles or so. Disappointed not to see any wallabies or ospreys but we did get a glimpse of some fallow deer on Inchconnachan.

Amazing how you can pick up the threads with old friends with no effort required. I’m sure it’s not the case in all friendship and acquaintances but it was with this one.

Back on dry land and having a cuppa at Luss, I noticed some customised cars. I only had the wee crappy phone camera on my Nokia but this was the colourful scene.