So Charlie’s back. Did he ever really go away? I suspect not. Sevco Scotland/The Rangers FC/Rangers International is Charles Green’s project. He was the guy who picked the pieces up from the Rangers liquidator.
He was the guy, through liberal use of words like ‘bigotry’, ‘No surrender’ and ‘Dallas Cowboys’ managed to convince thousands of people to buy into a version of reality which convinced them to spend money.
He cut a deal with the compliant Ally McCoist to shift tickets in 2012, then did the same with Walter Smith in 2013, and co-opted a variety of flunkies to the cause along the way. The £22m raised at an IPO was down to him. No one else would have been able to achieve the latter feat, and he is needed again.
The move only appears audacious to those who have not been paying attention. When Green bought Rangers assets two years ago, the game was up. Those assets would be bled green, white and gold in order to provide as large a return on investment as possible. Nothing has changed.
What is needed at Ibrox right now is someone to pitch up saying, “Bigotry, No surrender, forget what I said earlier, it’s the same club, now buy your ticket, you tell them Ally/Walter/whoever next”. Charlie is perfect for this job.
The reality that existed pre-2012 is gone. That club’s assets were bought from a liquidator and are now masquerading around the lower leagues of Scottish football. Those who stepped forward, paid their money, and in doing so, actually gave thousands of people a club to support, are in charge – as is their right.
This is not a good thing if you have an affinity with that club, but it’s better than having Ibrox “razed to the ground” (remember Bomber Brown’s warning), so no matter what fans think of Charles Green, it’s time to accept his reality: Rangers were liquidated, fans were not organised, wealthy fans declined to step forward, the assets were bought by people who WILL make a financial return and Charles Green is one of the few people with an idea of how to deliver this.
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