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Alasdair Lamont’s article for BBC this evening after meeting SPL chief executive, Neil Doncaster, is bound to provoke debate.  The article is titled, “Newco Rangers could avoid sanctions from SPL”, although that claim is not supported by any direct quote from Doncaster.  It could be that Doncaster made a supporting comment which wasn’t covered in the article, or that Alasdair is extrapolating from Doncaster’s comment that he is “not entirely sure why a distinction is made between the two routes [CVA or a Newco] out of administration”.

Before we open on what Doncaster actually said, it’s worth pointing out that he has never previously indicated that a Newco was likely to gain access to the SPL without penalty, despite being asked this question directly on a number of occasions.  Indeed, he has proposed a number of penalties for such an eventuality, although any decision will now rest with a general meeting of the clubs, which he will not have a vote at.

To what Doncaster said:

“Newco is typically the way businesses in general escape from administration.”

Oh no it’s not.  Businesses, in general, conclude their period of administration either by emerging with a CVA or by going out of business.  The swathes of business failures across the UK in recent years has seen only a tiny percentage phoenix as a Newco.  This statement is erroneous and misleading.

Doncaster added:

“I am not entirely sure why a distinction is made between the two routes out of administration.”

Let me explain, Mr Doncaster.  In Scottish football history, no club has ever come out of administration as a Newco.  Ever.  Third Lanark, Airdrieonians and Gretna all failed to achieve a CVA and went out of business.  Morton, Clydebank (now Airdrie United), Motherwell, Dundee (twice) and Livingston (twice), all achieved a CVA and remained in football.

Mr Doncaster must think that we are all daft, have no access to Scottish football records and have a complete ignorance of how “businesses in general” operate.  He wishes to provide a Newco-Rangers with direct access to the top league in Scottish football, the first time anything like this has ever happened.  Perhaps being frank with us on this matter would be advisable.

Even if I was of a mind to agree with Doncaster that rules should be changed to allow Newco direct access to the SPL, his feeble attempts to convince fans of the merits of this idea would leave me ruing the inadequacy of his plan’s execution.

All of this will be a welcome distraction from the main issue for Doncaster.  The SPL allowed last season to conclude without letting clubs or fans know if Rangers competed with ineligible players.  They have been in possession of the information required for over six weeks now but have no intention of letting fans know the outcome until after Newco is voted into the league.

It’s too late now.  Doncaster has had his chance to report and his inquiry has failed to do so.  It has now been taken out of his hands. He has failed you and all Scottish football fans.

It’s time for football executives to relinquish power and for the old media, the fans, the new media and the authorities to take control.

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  1. hamiltontim on 22 May, 2012 at 12:20 said:

     

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    I’m guessing.

     

     

    Just like we guess a referee is a mason. How do we know ? We don’t.

     

     

    The ref’s make, inexplicable decisions that go against us. IMO.

     

     

    But so do ‘our’ board of directors. IMO. I’m only applying the same logic.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    your in my heart on 22 May, 2012 at 12:05

     

     

    No probs, I was just having a laugh really :)

     

    I dont think for one minute our board will let us down on this one. It would not be helpful for the club to be seen as anti rangers at this point. Why interrupt when your enemy is making mistakes all over the place!

     

     

    Neil Doncaster will be forced by public opinion to do the right thing for Scottish football and not for his bonus. If not and he gets his way to put newco in the SPL then it is going to cause one hell of a s*** storm.

     

     

    It will be the collapse of Scottish football, the SFA and the complete ostracism of rfc(ia). Doncaster is most probably working his ticket right now knowing that he is between a rock (Scottish footballing public opinion) and a hard place (maintaining present income values of product – surely part of his job description/remit)

  3. Moral Truth gives life all its meaning. Its the thunder in the blood. Lightning in the veins. Without Truth, life has no meaning, no purpose, no direction…without it we are resident of shadows, wandering as though spectres in Tartarus, lost in a dungeon of confusion. As Christ said: The Truth sets you free- without it we are nothing but puppets on the strings of natural forces…according to Modern Medicine Doncaster is technically “alive”; he might have a pulse, he may have a heartbeat, he may even have blood pumping in his veins- but because he is an exile of Truth, a moral orphan, he is part of the living dead, he is but a zombie hiding in the shadows…Doncaster is another Cerberus, the dog, of a cold Underworld of dark corruption…we need to put that dog down… we just have to keep shining the light of Truth & Justice into those dark recesses of the venal holes where the living dead skulk in their gloomy pits…until there are no hiding places left, until all the fevered pockmarks of Rangers dishonour, all the bloated red scars of their sins are laid out naked to the world.

  4. Tiny Tim said..

     

    ‘I can see myself in the full length bedroom mirror opposite my bed (kinky).’

     

     

    Oh dear God! There is an image that I won’t get out of my head now!

     

     

    Hope your on the mend :)

  5. HenryClarson on

    TBB http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/?p=9133&cpage=9#comment-1431861

     

     

    A superb post which sums up my own feelings. Alas, I may be further gone than you because I’ve believed for years now that major football tournaments are rigged. That’s not to say that the anointed team always succeeds but I am convinced that very few top-level matches are contested on a genuinely level playing field.

     

    That’s a topic for another day though.

  6. TBB 11.23 I doff my cap, sorry my bunnet, to you. Superb stuff. Get this out there!

  7. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    greenjedi on 22 May, 2012 at 10:41 said:

     

     

    You are rapidly approaching FUD status…..to be so naive as to why Celtic are monitoring developments, and not ‘shouting their mouths off’ publicly, is, quite frankly, astounding, I’m afraid…..

  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Gretnabhoy on 22 May, 2012 at 12:24 said:

     

     

    They cannae…… They paid him off, and, unfortunately, can’t re-sign him for a year ……LOL

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