It’s still difficult to differentiate news which sounds important with information that is important. Rangers doing a deal to retain their (underperforming) players for their remaining meaningless leagues games was news, but not important information.
Administrators amended their contracts to include release clauses. This means that although top players have taken a hit on their wage packet, they will at least earn something, whereas redundancy would have left them without pay until the summer. Their agents are also able to line up deals for them with other clubs.
In other unimportant news, Steven Davis and Neil Alexander both put their homes on the market yesterday.
The important information came from Ticketus, who own what will be the vast majority of season tickets for the next three seasons, and have partnered with Paul Murray and various supporters’ organisations to bid for Rangers. Ticketus will not be top of Murray’s list of partner organisations but he will realise the club is in their control.
The consortium’s stated aim is to emerge from administration via a CVA, which I still regard as absolute fantasy. As Phil Mac Giolla Bhain reminded me with his article from January, HMRC already rejected an offer of £10m to settle from Craig Whyte, notions that they would be prepared to accept less now is hilarious.
Rangers will liquidate. Duff and Phelps plan to sell their league membership share to a new company leaves Ticketus ownership of the tickets in place. Plans to sell the league membership to a consortium headed by the company that enabled Craig Whyte to work his magic, and a director from the old improper-contracts regime are, literally, incredible.
We must remain resolute and do everything in our power to escape from this sorry messy of a league.
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