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Well done to the Sons in reaching the play offs for promotion to SFL division one.

Photo: Campbell Yule


Get the calculators out!

The Sons go to Stirling today  knowing that a victory will confirm their place in the play offs for promotion to the first division. I can well remember a previous visit to Forthbank when, with Murdo McLeod as manager, Sons clinched promotion with a 2-0 victory there in 1994-95. I had a beer or two that night!

From Sons website here are the possible outcomes of today’s game with a thought spared for the Binos who are battling relegation to the third division.

Play-Off Scenario

If Sons WIN they will clinch a play-off place tomorrow whatever happens elsewhere.

If Sons DRAW then their play-off place will be confirmed if Stenhousemuir do not win at Arbroath. Because Airdrie United and East Fife are playing each other at New Broomfield, they will not both be able to overtake Sons.

If Sons LOSE , they can still seal a play-off place tomorrow. However, they need Stenny to lose at Arbroath and the Airdrie United v East Fife game not to end in a draw.

Rangers (D)EBT

Ever heard of an EBT? It’s an Employee Benefit Trust and is a method of paying money to employees from offshore trusts. Yesterday’s News of the World story about Rangers contends that the Ibrox club is in deep do-do through using EBTs to pay employees.

HM Revenue and Customs are not best pleased at what they see as a breach of rules. The cost and fines could mean Rangers debt going above £80 million and result in them having to call in the receivers, or at the very least administrators.

How ironic would it be if Her Majesty were to deliver the dying blow to Rangers?

There are however a few very salient points to be made here. Rangers and Celtic have won every top league championship in this country between them in the last quarter of a century. In my lifetime only four clubs outwith the Old Firm have won the top league and only one of those has done it more than once.

Rangers and Celtic have the biggest supports by far. They have TV money, European money, merchandising money etc. that other clubs can only dream about. We now find out that the cost of one of these clubs’ domination of the game in this country has been possibly £80 million in excess of even their vast resources.

They and their partners in crime have made no secret of their desire to leave Scottish football and ply their trade in the English leagues.

And yet we know, don’t we, that if there was any serious danger of Rangers (or indeed Celtic) going bust, a way would be found to prevent that from happening.

In other news  the two promoted clubs from the Scottish second division have debt problems of their own. Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath’s debts may not be in the same league (sic) as Rangers but the threat to their futures is just as real.

Football in Scotland is f*cked.