Glib, shameless, fit and proper


Before digesting news reports that Dave King is set to return to Scottish football as a director of Newco Rangers, it’s probably worth a caveat.  Today’s ‘news’ has the same heritage as pretty much every false steer emanating from Ibrox over the past decade.  Honest Dave King may well hope to take over at Ibrox but I could just as easily believe he has no intentions of getting involved.

Two months ago King accepted liability for 41 counts of contravening the South African Income Tax Act, while agreeing to pay the resultant bill, the equivalent of £46m.  By act of sheer comic genius he is being heralded as the most appropriate person to take control of Newco Rangers, the club brought about by the disastrous income tax affairs of Oldco Rangers, while King was on the board.

Lord Nimmo Smith prevaricated on some issues in his report into Oldco but he was unequivocal in his condemnation of the directors, including King. South African judge, Brian Southwood, described King as a “glib and shameless liar” in 2011.

In every practical sense this man is a perfect fit for the Rangers group of clubs.  Every scrap of information available on how he conducts his affairs screams ‘Rangers tradition’.

As for Fit and Proper?  Don’t make me quote a second judge!

In the event the SFA have to make a Fit and Proper decision on King they will have to consider Nimmo Smith’s view.  It is not even remotely credible that the SFA are competent to rule on King while their president was subject to the same criticism from Nimmo Smith (although Judge Southwood provides a convenient out).

The narrative being peddled today is a final throw of the dice by some, nothing more.  ‘A guy will hunn’ers of millions is coming in to make everything OK’.  Aye, sure thing.

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  1. The Battered Bunnet on

    I did laugh at the extracts from the SFA Dictionary as follows:



    Glib: Fit



    Shameless: Proper



    Liar: Person

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Blinkin’ flip,man!



    Do you want me killed by my own family?!!!!!!



    For the avoidance of doubt,I would under no circumstances vote YES in 2014-that might change in the future.



    Ffs,I even voted against devolution as we don’t have enough decent politicians to do it properly….

  3. South of Tunis or The Exiled Tim



    If either of you are around any chance of giving us your predictions to empty the bookies pockets in the international fixtures?




  4. Alasdair MacLean on

    Kilbowie Kelt,



    I was undecided, but Ernie’s line of argument is pushing me towards the Yes side.

  5. The truth is stranger than fiction. You couldn’t write this stuff without being accused of ‘jumping the shark’.



    Desperate times, desperate measures.

  6. Good morning from a cool and overcast Atlantic coast where Fall is in full swing.


    Halloween is in every child’s thoughts and every adult is reminded of pumpkin when they see Super Ally.


    I also note that the Govan Pantomime season is already in full swing.


    Did it ever stop?


    Outside the panto theatre the Loyal Govanites are all lined up with their hands out.


    Not for them a tightening of the purse strings or more appropriately a “drawing in of their horns.”


    Instead their lifelong sense of entitlement wants a Sugar Daddy for Christmas.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    12:42 on 11 October, 2013


    BMCUWP………….hoopy friday pal,was celebrating a bit of good fortune ,I was only on the Herrenhauser pils …..but had a braw time….and I think I will have a braw long weekend ….it is a Braw world being a Celt …..






    It’s a BRAW world being alive,mate. Being a CELT is just the icing on the cake.



    Whatever your good fortune is,I wish you well with it. Just don’t spend it on diesel or bingo!

  8. Alasdair MacLean


    12:41 on


    11 October, 2013


    Kilbowie Kelt,



    I was undecided, but Ernie’s line of argument is pushing me towards the Yes side.




    never mind “Puppet on a Chain” ……wit aboot Trigger on a rope …..braw!

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘A guy wi’ hunn’ers of millions is coming in to make everything OK’






    ‘A guy wi’ millions of Hunners is coming in to make everything OK’.

  10. My typing proficiency is sadly lacking but having struggled to compose what follows then I am not going to let it languish at the end of the previous blog. What is the term for the opposite of ‘podium’?




    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar


    12:15 on


    11 October, 2013


    it’s Salmond’s policies that would encourage me to vote no.




    Salmond is ” a mere transient”



    One can vote for independence whilst disagreeing with Salmond about everything else.



    I would think that a ‘Yes’ vote would, in time, presage a change in the Scottish political landscape. For a start, the raison d’être for the existence of a SNP would have been removed.



    There would be many who voted ‘Yes’ who would then look to a reconfigured Scottish Labour/ Tory/ Socialist/ Liberal to create the their kind of Scotland.



    The ‘mere transient’ was uttered by Robin Day to John Nott just before he left the studio in high dudgeon. Just in case, anyone accuses me of plagiarism.

  11. Repost from last thread






    Yes and I think that forms part of the debate for Irish Republicans as to whether they vote yes or no. As JS pointed out in his article it’s been a question that has split the Irish community in Scotland for some time and will continue to do so!



    An Dun – I don’t expect a Yes outcome in Scotland to suddenly change the age old nationalist unionist question but it may galvanise support for an all Ireland referendum. Likewise I don’t expect a Yes vote will lead to a United Ireland but it allows the constitutional debate to move to another level.



    As for Ernie – sorry you might be a really nice guy and I might agree with you on a number of other things but your continued habit of insulting posters means from now I will be scrolling on by….

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Sometimes a sugar daddy shafts you up the,well,they must be used to it by now.



    Won’t stop the tears and rage though.



    Won’t stop them thinking the next guy won’t do that.



    And all to keep them in the big hoose they like so much….

  13. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on

    Dave King – I think he might want to return to Hunco – he will probably want his £20m back – this guy could promise the earth to Mathers, etc then end up selling Ibrox, Murray Park, players the lot – to get his dough back…

  14. iki


    12:47 on


    11 October, 2013



    “There would be many who voted ‘Yes’ who would then look to a reconfigured Scottish Labour/ Tory/ Socialist/ Liberal to create the their kind of Scotland.”






    I think these guys should tread more carefully. If independance happens, there will have to provide extra space for U turns out the front of Holyrood. Mind you I think there needs to be a clear out in these parties, since they have all been quite inefectual for a number of years.







    12:41 on 11 October, 2013



    Sorry, Bobby.


    I thought you were automatically in the Braveheart rebel camp.




  16. Scottishleaf



    I’m not sure what you mean by another level. SF strategy is completely independent of what happens in Scotland.



    I respect your sincerity and suspect we agree on many things. I just don’t subscribe to the idea that Scottish independence will have a material effect on Ireland’s national question.



    The article you copied earlier made mention of Bobby Sands. I really object to that, Bobby Sands had no position on Scottish independence because he was an Irishman concerned with his own country.



    Sands seen Scotland as foreign in the same sense he saw England as being foreign. I understand how being an Irish Republican may shape your views on 2014, however, I don’t believe Irish republican icons should be brought into a Scottish debate.



    Good luck to you and yours no matter what happens with the vote.

  17. King… The kind of man, if i was forced to shake his hand I’d check I still had all my fingernails left before leaving.


    However if Barry backpass fergugsun says he’s ok well what do we know

  18. DeniaBhoy in awe of wee Oscar's Courage on

    No matter what the rhetoric – if King joins (is allowed to join) Sevco’s board it is a sign of absolute desperation by the encumbent directors. King has been vociferous in his criticism of the current circus masters yet they go cap in hand to him. They hope by recruiting him they can head off the Murray/McColl rebellion.


    Of more interest to me is who has been orchestrating the media campaign these past few weeks. McCoist, Smith, jardine, Ferguson etc all getting acres of media space to champion a proven criminal, a man who would not be allowed near the board of any company other than his own or Sevcos. Is it Irvine or jabba that can get this crap printed with only glib references to the man’s history of massive fraud and tax dodging? According to these wonderful Rangers men, King is in the clear after settling his tax dispute – that’s right, he just had a wee dispute, nothing but a silly misunderstanding with his paperwork.



    Not sure if any individuual in the UK has ever got over a wee tax dispute by paying 40 million pounds for his freedom. 82 years in jail awaited him if not, nobody mentioning that? He puts Green and Whyte in the shade with the scope of his crimes (yes crimes) and yet these idiots are saying they can’t think of anyone better qualified to become their chairman.



    It is breathtaking, truly beyond anything that any other club could dream of.

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Thanks for the compliment,bud! Suits my non-conformist s…stirring ways over the years.



    I’m opposed to independence currently,but it is my own opinion,and anyway,carries no weight,as a fifteen year old has more of a say on it than I do.



    I can at least blame it on someone else,as I have done ever since I was old enough to vote.



    I abstained while Blair was leader off the winning party,and voted loser every other time.



    Going to the polls is like a visit to the bookies for me….

  20. Paul



    I think you are right with the source that this King story is emanating from. It is the usual deflection prior to this AGM. It is a storyline that is guaranteed to take up column inches why detracting from the real problems.



    If he does come on to board you can bet that it will not be to pump any money into that blackhole but to get back what he thinks he is owed. Expect another huge salary for doing very little.



    The small matter of his tax issues in SA and previous connection with the liquidated company will no doubt not be a hindrance or are they going to be the ‘escape clause’ for him not taking up the post after the AGM over.



    In fact I would welcome him and Paul Murray back on to their board because given their track record the last time they will no doubt make their usual ‘Rangerness’ mess of things. In addition it might be quite fitting that two of the characters from the time of the EBT scandal are in place when the tribunal appeal is decided.

  21. Paul67,



    I can see the SFA turning the other way if King does come back, ‘nothing to see here, move along’.



    Has case against King finished?

  22. Paul



    I think you’re perhaps being a bit hasty about Dave King.



    I mean, his recent volta face in ‘volunteering’ to pay his South African tax bill may mean that he is the very person this new Rangers outfit need to be in charge of their affairs.



    Who’s to say: he could even have it in mind to arrange for the old Rangers to square up its own account with HMRC.



    Which is precisely what many of us have been asking for.






    Sorry, I couldn’t keep a straight face while saying that …




  23. Alright Celts,


    did anyone listen to Radio broadcast?,either talksport or 5live last night,bout 9 to 10ish.Former head Liverpool academy on,really interesting what he had to say,bout youth,how they come into game


    trying to get a hold of podcast,any techi help appreciated

  24. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    thomthethim for Oscar OK




    12:23 on 11 October, 2013 &




    I could have wept reading that,


    How many have been sickened to that point by the corruption in Scottish football and the silence of many.

  25. As one who is reaching the twilight of his years, I felt that I should ask my three children how they are going to vote next year as it would be their future! No help! One yes, one No and one undecided. I must say Personally I remain undecided and I am enjoying the debate on here!


    I am in favour of getting rid of our nuclear bases.


    I do have concerns about our economic viability.


    I am impressed how other small states have managed after independence.


    I have an underlying mistrust of politicians and Alex Salmond in particular.


    I have been impressed with some of the actions taken by the SNP. Free bus passes, prescriptions and green proposals.


    I have a fear that we will turn into another Ulster.


    Anyway keep up the debate and something might eventually trigger a positive response.



    One thing I am positive about is Celtic. I will always. Support and defend them no matter what. Hail Hail

  26. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Check my standings on the Predictor and Naps tables!



    I was right about Blair though.



    Sadly,I take no comfort from that.

  27. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Once D King has been put in situ at the hate factory Ogilvie Regan & Doncaster will walk away pensions intact and long term plan & misssion accomplished,


    Ogilve has already stated the fit and proper rules are only guidelines……

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