Charles Green told TalkSport, “Scottish football effectively is Rangers and Celtic. I mean, there are many other clubs but everyone has to acknowledge that that’s a fact.”
No, no, no, no. No. This is not a fact, it is not even a credible opinion. Instead it is deeply insulting to dozens of teams who conduct their business properly year after year. I have to ask, does he want this project to fail? He is effectively saying – Vote for this plan, you are irrelevant, we are all that matters and this suits our purposes.
It was this erroneous attitude which led to predictions of Armageddon this season. Instead, the long-suffering clubs who have paid their bills, while others put money which should have gone to the tax man towards buying fooballers, are enjoying a rebirth.
Green added, “Scottish football needs Rangers back at the top and Rangers being a vital part of European football. That’s where we’re trying to get them.”
This is a great season for the SPL. Financially responsible Hibs, who lost the Scottish Cup final to irresponsible Hearts, are top. Celtic, with their manageable, low, debt, have just beaten Barcelona in the Champions League. Aberdeen have their best team in years. Attendances are up for most clubs.
Before adding, “The Old Firm is the world’s biggest derby. That’s what world football wants, what broadcasters and sponsors wants, to see those games again. God willing we’ll see that in the years ahead.”
“The Old Firm” is not the world’s biggest derby, it’s not even Glasgow’s biggest derby. It doesn’t exist anymore. As for it being “what world football wants”! Oh dear. World football has better things to concern itself with, and don’t bring God into it!
The authenticity of the “Rangers Football Club plc” slideshow presentation which appeared last night is not confirmed, but I hope it’s genuine. It is, literally, fantastic. Notions contained therein that provide for “colts” teams and league reconstruction which “could see Rangers progress faster through the domestic league structures” bring it into perfect alignment with the Scottish Football League plans, which earlier this week Charles Green revealed would be presented today.
I also loved the first point on the summary page, “Profitable business model using prudent assumptions”, despite no mention of future costs, or revenues, in the presentation. Nice that they have confirmed revaluations of property assets at £79m, a fraction of the value the assets were disposed for in the summer.
This will not end well.
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