Rangers destroyed by SFA

Huge result from the SFA Judicial Panel Tribunal tonight, absolutely enormous, perhaps the biggest decision ever made in Scottish football history.  Rangers have been banned from signing players over 18-years-old, for a period of 12 months and fined £160k.

For months Scottish football has lived under some huge moral questions; would the combined forces of TV contracts, the Bank of Scotland and the formidable Rangers lobby combine to subvert the meritocratic spirit of sport and see rules written to see Rangers kept afloat.

The SFA Judicial Panel Tribunal made these questions moot.  In the event that Rangers fail to agree a CVA with creditors and emerge as a Newco, and IF that Newco is allowed to inherit the SPL share given up by Rangers, the Newco will be unable to sign any players of 18 years or older.

Although the SPL and SFA are able to transfer Rangers league share to a Newco, player employment contracts are with the current company, so players would not be contracted to any new company.  An SPL Newco would need to compete with 16 and 17-year-olds.

Conversely, there is nothing to stop a new football club, Rangers United, for example, sharing Firhill and applying to the Scottish Football League, from signing players of any age.  A new football club like this would inherit no financial or football punishment from Rangers FC.  Anyone aspiring to fill the gap left by Rangers would do well to navigate their plans in this direction.

In fact, scrub that first sentence, this is the biggest decision ever made in Scottish football history, no perhaps about it.

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  • starryhope

    1st podium?

  • Bundoran Bhoy – Standing with Neil Lennon against victimisation and injustice!!!!!


  • Bundoran Bhoy – Standing with Neil Lennon against victimisation and injustice!!!!!

    Get in :)

  • Bundoran Bhoy – Standing with Neil Lennon against victimisation and injustice!!!!!

    cheeky wee 2nd lol


  • aldersyde avenue

    aldersyde avenue on 23 April, 2012 at 23:23 said:
    I for one will hold off celebrating this decision for the time being.

    Rangers (IA) will have a right of appeal I presume.

    Sorry to be cynical but I’m guessing the penalty will be reduced or even suspended for a period of time.

    I do not trust the SFA and always suspect ulterior motives.


  • Art of War

    Still gobsmacked!

  • obonfanti1888


    Well until, Rangers RIP. :-)

  • Valley Exile (Not in Administration)

    Hopefully bye bye r##gets. Hope the police are watching Sunday

  • Celtic_First

    Some of those Queen of the South boys showed up very well tonight.

    Just saying.

  • Art of War

    Didn’t think they had the haw-maws!

  • No to NewCo is Malone19

    I was thinking – 12 month signing ban, funny but they’re not going to be able to sign players anyway. Never thought about the signing their own players angle. hahahahahaha csc

  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

    Damn this is funny

  • up_over_goal

    News reaches the Celtic boardroom:


  • pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON


  • Pjbruce

    Looks like a SFA SPL power struggle going on here SFA saying rules are rules SPL saying to hell with rules let them in funny old game innit

  • starryhope

    Never chased the podium before but must have been in the right place at the right time.
    A memory I will cherish.
    Where were you when the SFA stuck it to Rangers? I was winning the CQN Podium!

    Hail Hail


  • Marrakesh Express

    lucky cody 23-17.
    well spotted. CW has single handedly sanitised Scottish football. By doing more damage to the huns than Jock, Jinky and Henke put together he has achieved the impossible, with much help from SDM.
    It now looks like a slow, lingering painful death. If ever an entity deserved it, its the RFC. I keep getting a picture of the end of the movie ‘Ghost’, where the bad guy gets dragged away to an eternity in hell by the evil spirits. Get what I mean?


  • sparkleghirl

    Over on R-Media they’re suggesting that Ragers should refuse to fulfill their fixtures as a protest…….

  • Art of War

    Paul67 – Big question – has the integrity of football won over financial considerations?


  • thebhoyfromoz

    I wonder if the SFA punishment will embolden the SPL to speed up their own investigation on the two contracts.
    The End is nigh


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  • Kojo

    Sir Paul

    The News jist keeps oan gettin’ . Bettah and Bettah!


    Jist When Wan Door Closes , fur the G.A.

    Another Door..

    Bangs… Right in Thur Face!

    Goodnight,Kiddo.. Ah am sure Ye wull sleep .. weel.



    Laughin’ like …Hell!

  • BULL67

    Hail Hail…

  • Hugh Bonkle fae Dallas

    Anyone know what the Thai for Duffy and Phelps is? Maybe the superstore can print it on my shirt for Sunday.

  • Por Cierto

    Yes Paul that is what the SFA are trying to do with this verdict, is lead the parties down the road of a completely New Club.

    Now they CAN investigate the 2 contracts issue without fear of any backlash and remove all the trophies from a Club that no longer exists.

    They will also fast track there New League formula and guess who will be invited to take part? por cierto.

  • tomthelennytim

    Paul67 – RTC reckons existing contracts can be switched to newhuns. Not affected by the embargo.

  • googybhoy ♥ Celtic and Integrity

    Cheerio Cheerio Cheerio Cheerio

    This will unravel now and they will be found rotten to the core.

    What you think Paul67?

  • RogueLeader

    Paul67 – I wonder if the SFA have taken the moral decision right out of the hands of the self-serving SPL Chairmen?

    The line from the UEFA statement always stuck in my head that they expect “the spirit” of the FFP rules to be adhered to.

    They couldn’t trust greed not to win and UEFA to have to step in.

  • Green Lantern (((((0)))))

    Rangers delenda est.

  • Moonbeams WD. Kano \o/ Neil Celtic FC. We are the Champions. Ignore the WARTS.
  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

    Statement fron Paul Murray: “feck”.

    Statement from Bill Miller: “I’m outta here. Bye y’all”.

    Statement from Dark Mingwall: “But they canny. We arra peepil. Help”.

  • tictalker

    You know something good is happening when paul67 is posting at this time.

    Tictalker talking tic

  • Ceaser67


  • The Token Tim

    Didnt think the SFA would do that at all.

    Historic indeed!

    Yo Ho Ho, off they go…….


    PS – Starry Hope……..”never chased a podium” Aye Right!! :-)

  • hamiltontim


    Don’t think you’ll get a statement from fat Mark apparently FF has crashed 3 times since the announcement!!

    This is the day….

  • Paul67

    obonfanti1888, aye, that one is coming.

    Art of War, yes, integrity has won over, before the SPL clubs had a chance to vote on the matter.

    Kojo, had a wry smile at that, thank you.

    Por Cierto, so far so good. A new league structure is still an obscure ambition, agreed by no one, and not even relevant to a Newco starting at the bottom of the structure.

    tomthelennytim, Fraser Wishart said otherwise last week. Contracts of employment are with the current company. New company does not employ these players.

    Googybhoy, game changer.

    RogueLeader, this is exactly what has happened and will be the subject of a blog tomorrow. This decision takes pressure away from votes.

    tictalker, indeed.

  • pggtips2


    Just read the headlines on newsnow. Wow!!! Stunning news! Craig Whyte’s reply to the PA is brilliant. What a crazy guy!

    Looks like its the 3rd division for Rangers. A team of 16 and 17 year old’s simply couldn’t compete in the SPL, not sure they could compete in the 3rd division either.

    Stunned with the brilliant news!

    Today is a truly historic day!

  • pggtips2


    I think Bill Miller’s bid is now out of the running (giggle).

  • Craiginho

    This is a very interesting first crack at a disciplinary decision by the SFA. I say first crack as it will be their decision on the inevitable appeal that will determine how this actually plays out. If this is upheld it could signal the end of Rangers hold over the Scottish football authorities and perhaps the levelling of the plays field.

    On a separate note, this will enrage the hordes and with the game coming up on Sunday all of our fans will need to be wary of the usual reaction of the Burberry-wearing Chelsea fans. Although it could be a sparsely populated away end on Sunday if the good news keeps coming.


  • sonofaderryman

    tomthelennytim on 23 April, 2012 at 23:39 said:
    Paul67 – RTC reckons existing contracts can be switched to newhuns. Not affected by the embargo.

    I would not worry too much about the players theyn have re signing, any that are out of contract wont stay if they are in teh third division, or have to take pay cuts. Their years of cheating is biting their erses!!!

    Hell slap it intae them.

  • Allgreen tthinks SPL are at it

    What exactly have the Huns been found guilty of? Can’t get into SFA site to check offences.

  • SwanseaBhoy

    Damn you SFA and damn you Paul67.

    I’m up at 4am and this breaks!


  • The Token Tim


    what is it with the huns and Walking???

    Now it would appear that quite the opposite of not walking away, they want to walk away from Celtic Park.

    Jog-On Hun is my response.

    Whaddya know, Its 9-i-A-Row…..


  • sonofaderryman


    Get to your bed leave this staying up late to the youngsters!

  • jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants

    RE: FF & R***ers Media : They don’t like Peter Lawwell do they?

  • Ceaser67

    The Gatland boys were innocent Becky was a slut!!!

  • praecepta


    Interesting verdict – now what’s left by way of punishment when the BTC is announced?

    Stripping of titles?

    Revoking their licence?

    Newco and start from scratch or cease to exist?

  • Malc

    Great to see the beaks have got some cojones after all… And Justice For All

  • tomthelennytim

    Paul67 – cheers for reply. If that is true then they’re truly fecked.
    I can’t see how they will put a side out. If they are now (as seems likely given the change of pace) hammered for the dual contracts then I think division three might be the best newhuns can hope for.
    Absolutely doomed.

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