Armstrong, Convicted Dave, playing with fire


News that we are after a second Dundee United midfield player will prove popular, Stuart Armstrong has been tipped for progress for a couple of years.  He is another Ronny Deila-type player, a strong runner who can get up and down the field.  As usual, I’ll reserve judgement until we sign him, and I’ve had a chance to watch him properly.

You have to admire his balls.  Dave King assertion that a conviction for tax fraud is a “favourable settlement” goes beyond parody.  I’m unsure if some PR flop put those words in his head or if he concocted the notion by himself, but just as you cannot shine a turd, it is impossible to spin an undisputed criminal conviction.  He was convicted of criminal offenses.  If this is your measure of favourable, your standards are truly deplorable.

I fail to see why King even is discussing such matters with the media, unless he’s currying favour with the Daily Record.  These assertions will make no difference whatsoever to the stock market, or any reputable nominated adviser, nor will it hold sway with the SFA.  It is also a futile battleground.  In the event King gains control of newco Rangers, he doesn’t need to be a director to exercise de facto control, Paul Murray has been his man for years.  Mike Ashley is not a director, and he owns less than 9% of the club, but he appears to be able to dictate play quite comfortably.

Without a trace of irony, King told the Record: “The enthusiasm that this board adopts to ‘media management’ and its failure to act in the interest of shareholders and other stakeholders is exactly why they should be jettisoned”.

Trying hard to avoid the merest whiff of media management himself, King then added, “History will judge this board as one of the worst the club has ever had. There is not one individual who puts the club above personal interest.”

There you have it folks, our pal Dave is a man you can trust.

Just as the Newco board didn’t have enough on their plate, interim manager Kenny McDowell tendered his notice, although in true ‘Rangers’ tradition, he’s not going without a pay-off.  It’s an added vote of no confidence the regime could do without.  They now face the embarrassing prospect of allowing an interim to remain in control as a lame duck, or put a second manager on gardening leave.

Mike Ashley’s prospects of a successful turnaround look bleak in the face of such uniform and orchestrated antagonism.  I wonder if he’s the kind of man who takes manipulation lightly?  If not, the manipulators are playing with fire.

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  1. Speyside Lhad @17:01



    why is Chuckles in hospital.?






    He’s having a heart put in.



    Nah, heard someone say earlier it was a knee op.

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    •-:¦:-•**• -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-•


    16:55 on


    20 January, 2015


    Having a moral argument with myself here. Am I right or wrong to shop at Sports Direct?





    I had to have a double think when my daughter showed me a Celtic top she had bought for her son, from SD.



    My initial reaction was, “Why?”



    Then,” why not”.



    There was a considerable price difference between buying there and making a purchase through Celtic.



    The difference was better in her sporran, (she lives in Edinburgh), than in Kris Commons pocket : > ). (a change from the usual PL jibe).



    The wee fella is not interested in the politics of the game…that’s my job.



    You spend your money where you think you will get the best value and besides, for Big Michael, maybe when one market closes, another opens.

  3. bournesouprecipe on

    Nir Biton



    Gets better in every appearance.



    Finally established himself in the starting line up, classy player likes to knock the ball sideways should feature heavily in the second half of the season, if he continues to take more authority in the holding role.

  4. More chuckles on SSN from an obviously in pain in hospital (not prison) Chas Green stirring the muddy swamp that is Sevco ..



    ” My salary was £360,000 and I halved my salary, McCoist didn’t half his £760,000 ..”



    ” Derek Lambias may have had a charisma bypass …”



    ” People don’t like Mike Ashley, I don’t like Mike Ashley, but he is the man for the job …”



    “When I left there was £18 million pounds in the bank – check the bank statement ..”



    ” Sandy Easdale has 1 conviction, Dave King admitted to 40 ..”



    He also wouldn’t rule out a return to Sevco .. please Chas, please …

  5. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I agree with some of your observations and not with others the part with which I most disagree is this:



    “Ah believe that the Reason why oor Strikers fail tae..well, Strike, is



    mostly doon tae



    The Poor ,Poor Service ,which they receive ”



    If that were the case, then we would not be leaving most games bemoaning missed chances. We lost 1-0 to Hamilton and, had we taken the GOOD chances created,we would have won about 5-1.Honest ! Missed chances rather than non-creation of chances is where we have fallen down in many games.







  6. @Frannb67


    Jim&Chuck ha ha ha .


    The only thing missing fae this staging is Simon Bates “Our Tune”

  7. On the subject of Fletcher,



    I went to uni in Edinburgh with his cousin (Damian gielty), played for Berwick (maybe still does) and I’m pretty sure that they were big Hibees (as were the majority of the family).



    I don’t think he would be worth the risk considering his recent trouble with illness (I know Gordon has done exceptionally well but I don’t think we’d be that lucky again).



    Unless he were to take a massive reduction in wages and has a burning ambition to play for us there’s just no way it would happen. Also, are Valencia not also interested? Which league would you rather play in and which climate would you rather train in?



    Let’s get the Armstrong deal through before the window closes and unleash him on February 1st. That would be nice.

  8. CultsBhoy


    16:50 on


    20 January, 2015


    Alfie noakes



    Many of those on your list were unknowns or 3rd choice….



    Some came good – some didn’t.



    My overall impression of Lawwell windows is that he under delivers….


    ( except on his own remuneration)





    Another LAWELL hater – every one of those players I have listed have been FIRST CHOICE at certain times – what about the £35 million.



    Peter salary is LESS than half of one per cent of turnover – he deserves it – many a English club would like to lure him away.



    You people are like a broken record – utter BS.

  9. Kojo @ 16:58



    Biton,is far, far , too Lethargic n appears tae be Going thru the Motions. rather than


    taking Command of the situation at hand..



    The same criticism is oft targeted at Yaya Toure, but I’d have him in my team anyday, same goes for Biton.

  10. South Of Tunis on




    Opinions / Opinions.



    I think Biton is a flat track bully -looks good against poor quality opposition.



    George Connelly was a fabulous player.One of the few good things about being old is being able to say – I watched George Connelly.I

  11. Great line from Etims today – apols if already posted :-



    “When the game against Second Rangers comes around, if , indeed , it ever does, we must face the hordes with humour. As Tom Campbell said yesterday in the replies, perhaps we could sing ” Bring On The Rangers ”




    Heehee. Pure dead brill.




  12. Evening Celts.


    In town today and went out to


    Celtic Park.it looks fantastic.



    Tickets for tomorrow night and for


    Inter Milan in the wallet.:-)



    The ladybehind the counter suggested once 4 sections atop lisbonlions go its a sell out.


    Good news.


    Hope its a celebration of all thats good in football





  13. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I guess a ` flat track bully` is a fast bowler who can only bowl with threat on a flat, fast wicket? If so, I cannot see the connection with Biton. I think he is an excellent player and the only problem I have with him is whether it is one `t` or two 0:-)




  14. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Seriously think that anyone who can’t see that Bitton is the most accomplished, intelligent player, at the club, really should consider another sport.



    He always appears to have time on the ball.



    Great players create this allusion, e.g Beckenbaur, Connelly, Dalglish, Lubo.

  15. Last Wednesday I went online and ordered 2 tickets for the League Cup semi-final and no sign of them yet.



    No panic whatsoever, but I am left wondering . . . After 6 days, what was the postage/delivery charge of £5.82 all about?

  16. Must say that I’ve been a critic of Nir Bitton in the past but he has really impressed me with his recent performances. being first choice midfielder and the extra game time has shown a marked improvement in the lad. From being laidback and casual, he now plays with a lot more ungency and is a superb passer of the ball and I reckon Charlie Mulgrew will have a job on his hands trying to win back his place on the team. Would like to see him add another few kilos to his body weight.

  17. South Of Tunis


    17:23 on


    20 January, 2015




    I’m old too and I watched George Connelly, I thought he was better than Beckenbaur and Moore, I was a kid and Celtic my team but I know a player when I see one.



    Biton is a player mate.

  18. What is the Stars on




    Re Biton


    Great players create this allusion, e.g Beckenbaur, Connelly, Dalglish, Lubo.



    You cant seriously compare him to the above

  19. bournesouprecipe on

    philvis © 17.25
















  20. Bit on is a fair player at best, when the pressure is on he clams up and it’s side and back passes, biggest problem is letting wee boys muscle him off the ball.

  21. Mike in Toronto




    Nice tae Converse.. wit ye..pally.



    Thanks fur the invitation..



    Biton,is a Fine Ba’ Manipulator, He looks the Part..



    Yes,he is An Elegant Smoothie,in That Respect.. a Agree Wholeheartedly wit yer guid sel.






    Ah am No interested in HIS KIND of MID FIELD… Fitba Player..



    In Ma Opinion..



    A Mid Fielder .. in fact. EVERY SINGLE MID FIELDER, who is a …well a Mid Fielder..



    Must show me that He Kin Get his Haunds Dirty.. Kin Wrestle wi the Enemy..



    Kin.. well.. RUMBLE wit the Best..



    A MID FIELDER ,in Kojo’s Estimation, kin be Compared tae a



    STOKER.. a Guy.. who Stokes the Furnace of the Team.. in the BILER ROOM..



    a Guy ,who is Mair at Hame. wi A Smudged Face..n .. Hair Awe Awry..



    Dirty Pants.. n.. wan Stocking.. Doon Aroon his ankles..



    Than A GUY, Who Deports Himsel wi Dignity..n.. No a Hair oota Place..



    n ..Ambles..as he Daintily Goes aboot his Task.. Rather ..






    A Guy who Executes the Exigentcies of his Joab.. in a Mannetr






    Diametrically Opposite… tae that of the Players…such as Biton n his ilk.



    Noo, He Know..



    Nice chatting ,Pally..



    A like yer Style.



    Ah hiv bin Reading yer Stuff oan Here.. n.. Ah think that ye are



    Neat Guy.






  22. South Of Tunis



    Yeah I was there when George Connelly did his keepy-uppy demonstration at half time during a euro cup tie. I think he was 17 then and he did a full lap of the pitch without letting the ball touch the ground.


    Unfortunately didnt see him playing live as I was down south when he made the first team.

  23. prestonpans bhoys on

    Charles of Normandy almost in tears while in interview with Sky, I was in tears laughing :0)