Century of Vanity hid truth


It’s not like we didn’t warn them.  Charles Green, with his ‘blame it on bigotry’ and ‘Rangersitis’ nonsense was an even more transparent charlatan than wee Craig Whyte.  Green moved in, fed them the nonsense they were oh so willing to swallow, and made off with their millions.  All carried out in broad daylight.

The financial realities were self-evident from day one of Newco’s existence.  For a while you had to wonder if any of vast number of fans, journalists and fan-journalists with computers had a spreadsheet between them.  But, a more powerful force than Rangersitis had taken hold – vanity.  The kind of vanity only those afflicted by a notion of supremacy are susceptible to.

Their club was liquidated, a newco was formed.  It adopted Rangers’ name while the original club was still an SFA member (and granting permission for their players to turn out for was for the time known as ‘Sevco Scotland’.

Put yourself in their shoes for a moment.  This isn’t an easy pill to swallow.  Around these parts people invest the kind of sentiment in their football team which goes into nationalism elsewhere, occasionally causing wars.  It’s a primitive but natural part of all of us, so perhaps we should have been more respectful of the feelings of others at the time.  Cough.

If someone was able to chart the world’s Cognitive Dissonance harvest it would have been off the chart for the last two years, brought about when a degrading reality met a supremacists vanity.  The subsequent scarcity of Armageddon (biff), Celtic’s flourishing Champions League action (bang), the new New Firm (whallop) were all late blows which none of the Jokers at Ibrox anticipated.  Even Kilmarnock managed to sort themselves out without collapsing into administration.

Without the ability to accept credit or debit cards, or with the bank’s authority to allow fans to automatically renew season tickets, the signs are written as tall as Ibrox’ Club Deck.  I can’t see more than a few thousand being prepared to throw their money into a landfill site.

Season ticket renewal deadline has been moved to a week before when next month’s wages are due.  Right now the directors have a reasonable aspiration that tens of thousands of fans will renew but on 17 May, the day after the deadline, reality should crystallise.  If there was a spread bet available, I’d put my money on administration in the days to follow.

Money talks, it don’t sing and dance and it don’t do walking away….

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  1. what are the SFA or SPFL rules on admin ? I thought I read somehwere that it was 1/3rd of the previous seasons points total ?

  2. Steinreignedsupreme on

    With 20 minutes gone at Ibrox Sevco leading 1-0 thanks to a Lee McCulloch penalty two minutes before half time.

  3. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on

    Afternoon all,



    Have I missed anything?




  4. Excellent post Paul. Ultimately, it was their mindset that killed them as much as lack of money. And it’s the same mindset that will kill their new club too.



    Irony doesn’t even begin to describe it…



    Meanwhile Keith Jackson is awarded his third (3rd!) Scottish Sports Writer of the Year award. In an era when journalists in Scotland could have been piling Pullitzer Prize scoop upon scoop, we are saddled with a glorified PR-cum-hack-for-hire as our number one journalist.



    It’s enough to make you weep.

  5. Can it get any worse for them?



    The happy reality is that, yes, it can and that it most certainly will.



    IN the meantime the rest of Scottish Football needs to continue to get it’s collective act together.



    I see no alternative for the rest of us but to look to leagues in comparable countries, work out how they get much better value for money from their operations.



    I don’t know the phrase in Irish but there is a great and very simple proverb which might be used here:



    Encourage the Youth and they shall Prosper.



    New income streams based on fans and outside of ticket sales, the New Firm and others getting closer to us and a refinement of the already profitable transfer strategy in place is the way ahead.



    The Rangers Brand is consigned at best to the role of bit part, has been irritant. If I was one of them I’d be pushing for a brand new club, away from the financially toxic Ibrox Stadium – the millstone that will drown every infant New Rangers that emerges until they let go of it.



    All that remains for me to say on this issue is my other favourite proverb:




  6. steinreignedsupreme



    13:11 on 26 April, 2014


    With 20 minutes gone at Ibrox Sevco leading 1-0 thanks to a Lee McCulloch penalty two minutes before half time.





    Nice one.

  7. Oh, gee, Everton! What are you up to? 2-0 Saints. 4th place disappearing for the Toffees.

  8. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I had a smashing day yesterday. I drove down to the hun free mountain valley and spent the day with mr and mrs TET. A very nice albeit too short stay with a very nice lunch prepared by the lovely mrs TET.



    A truley fantastic location with great company and not a hun within many miles.



    Thanks for a great day oot TET and I,ll catch up with you soon.




  9. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Should Sevco go burst and no reincarnation appears



    Will their fans not just disperse around various provincial teams such as Stranraer, Ayr, Hamilton ,Killie etc

  10. Robert T,



    Agree. Hilarious though the Second Ibrox Implosion is, ultimately it could harm us long term.



    We ned to get out asap.

  11. ….PFayr supports WeeOscar



    It’s a lose lose for the Undead…



    Vainly claim their same club status it’s a 25 point hit, go for the 15 point hit, boom there goes yer history, can’t say I’m not enjoying my wee Saturday in the hoose!!

  12. Everton have conceded 2 own goals. With Jay Rodriguez out injured, the Southampton fans sing “who needs Rodriguez we’ve got your back four”.




  13. Robcfc11



    13:09 on 26 April, 2014



    what are the SFA or SPFL rules on admin ? I thought I read somehwere that it was 1/3rd of the previous seasons points total ?





    If so then I have, for the first time ever, reason to want the team playing out of Ibrox to win every game between now and the end of the season – a 30 – 40 point deduction before a ball is kicked…….. crippling. But completely fair.



    How it could have been:



    Rangers Brand FC with unknown but proven ‘better than the rest’ lower league players celebrating promotion to the 2nd Division. Home games to this point played at a hired venue while structural problems at Ibrox are sorted or money set aside for major works in the next year.



    THe promise of a few better than average SPL players signed to help the charge to the top league for the new clubs first time ever. A bright young lower league manager is leading them through territory he knows well, the previous expensive coaching staff having walked after derisory wage offers during the TUPE process from Oldco.



    The prospect has Zombies every where salivating over the prospect. A waiting list is established for the ‘return’ (as they would have seen it) to Ibrox. All the while expectations are being managed by by a good PR company, stressing the need for patience, that they won’t be competing with Celtic for a few years. A share issue is initiated to provide capital for the stadium repairs and additions to the squad.



    A healthy SPL standard club looks a reality.



    How it should have been. Simples. But now beyond reach. Tims everywhere would have been outraged at the prospect of the debt dodgers getting a club back in to the SPL so quickly.



    Ah well.



    Humility is a great job.



    By the way, they could yet cobble a decent enough squad together to compete for promotion next season. It could happen. Some serious skelpings at the hands of long established clubs in the SPL might not help the WASPish sense of superiority though.



    Whatever way a Tim looks at this stuff – it’s all GOOD………..




    Ho Ho HO Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    You can gaurantee any points deduction will come off this season’s total,there will be no obstacles in the huns way next season…….apart from their manager.

  15. P67:



    Vanity, perhaps but I think it was and still is a case of denial. They have not and will not accept that anything has changed in 144 years. They have the persona that are the suprimist club.



    Until ASDA moves they will continue the charade.



    Come what May I hope and Pray that there ideology will be busted once and for all as they are flushed from society once and for all.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  16. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Zombies give a rendition of “Glasgow Rangers champions” lol.



    I can’t compete with that.

  17. PFayr,



    My view would be that they are a new club and so this will be the first administration.



    The myth of the same club should really mean it is viewed as a second administration …



    But there is a get out clause. Rule E5 is the one that says a second administration leads to a 25 point deduction. The text reads:



    “Where a Club, whether owned and operated by the same or a different Member, suffers or is subject to an Insolvency Event which results in a deduction of points in terms of these Rules …”



    I think the SPFL would state that “these Rules” were only adopted at the start of this season and therefore anything that happened before is not relevant. So it would be 15 points for a first admin under “these Rules” and no need to get into whether or not it is a new club.

  18. Itlaia Bhoy – I enjoy my dinner very much. It never puts me off enjoying the jelly and ice cream. Best of both worlds for me at the moment! If that makes any sense!



    When the asbestos dust settles over Ibrox we’ll have the business of keeping the Celtic Family and Traditions on the road to prosperous………

  19. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Bada bing



    Stop being so miserable …read the regs …if they suffer an insolvency event after the end of the season …the points deduction takes effect in the new season



    Btw ….I sympathise with your concerns



    However, I really do think they’re Donald Ducked this time



    We’ll be doing the conga on the 10 th May singing ….Huns are going bust AGAIN …

  20. tommytwiststommyturns on

    The boy Aird looks like the only half decent player they’ve got….karma plus if they were forced to sell him to another Scottish club! Naturally, that excludes us….




  21. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    I’ll be happy with a 15 point deduction as it will put this same co crap to bed

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