In order to give a fuller picture of what the next few days could hold there is one useful piece of information but first a recap. Back in October I predicted the Cunning Ruse to liquidate Rangers and phoenix as a Newco. Then, when Duff and Phelps first invited offers to purchase Rangers assets we predicted only Craig Whyte’s proxy would be in a position to complete a deal.
Given the situation the proxy will inherit, one final prediction – based on some solid information:
The proxy hopes to start from the Third Division.
If Newco inherits Rangers share in the SPL and competes there next season it is liable for fines and penalties due from the SFA and SPL, including what will be the most severe censure handed out in the history of British football after the Improper Registration of Contracts issue is concluded. They will be hamstrung for many years, perhaps decades. They will also need to pay domestic and international football debts.
However, if the start from the Third Division, they do so without any legacy baggage from the old Rangers FC. This would allow Newco a predictable three year penury and allow them time to engage with supporters of Rangers before returning to the SPL in 2015. Season 2015-16 would be business as usual.
This is not a decision Bill Proxy can take, however, what happens to Newco is in the hands of the SPL. Listen out for Proxy’s puppets suggesting the Third Division route.
For us, it’s popcorn time, the ice-cream is stocked and the sparkling stuff is in the fridge, but in all seriousness, past, current and now future owners have absolutely trashed that football club. To paraphrase Tarantino, they’ve got medieval on their… face.
Pop! And they’re gone!