Within a very short period following Rangers ‘success’ at the Court of Session, Fifa issued a statement intimating that while they had not yet heard from the Scottish FA, “in such a case, FIFA will ask the Member Association to take action so that the club withdraws its request from the ordinary courts.”
If Fifa are telling the world this, they have by now told the SFA to take action to ensure Rangers withdraws its ruling from the Court of Session.
SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, has been satisfied with his hands-off approach with Rangers as this debacle unfolded but such a policy seems to have emboldened the errant club. The matter has now been taken out of the association’s hands, an embarrassment for every office holder at the SFA*. After receiving legal advice yesterday evening, they will tell Rangers to walk away or be suspended from football.
Rangers have yet to accept the dual contract allegation is true and, as a corporate body, continue to refuse to produce or acknowledge evidence. They have not even considered the ramifications of Billy Dodds’ evidence given to the Sunday Herald. They are looking at this situation through a prism of different facts – specifically, Craig Whyte did a disproportionate amount of harm in a short period of time.
The sense of entitlement at that club, combined with a still-evident failure to show contrition for the more serious offences of the last 20 years, while insisting ‘it was all Craig Whyte’ means anything can happen next.
I’ve questioned the wisdom of a few commenters on Celtic Quick News about choosing a path which would lead to the end of our club. There appears to be no one telling the fundamentalists running Rangers that destroying a football club while insisting you are in the right is puerile, self-defeating and what your worst enemies would wish on you.
They might be right (they’re not), but self-righteousness can destroy you.
*except Campbell Ogilvie, of course. Nothing can embarrass President What-school-did-you-go-to.