I was out of mobile phone range for most of yesterday and returned to read more histrionics. On Tuesday I wrote: “Whatever ‘good news’ Duff and Phelps come out with later”, knowing full well (you all knew too) that news of Bill Miller’s departure would soon be countered by a fantastic (literally) piece of optimism from Rangers administrators. They didn’t disappoint.
Today’s Guardian tells us that one bidder has “proved to Duff and Phelps they have a means of securing current owner Craig Whyte’s shares.”
Administrator, David Whitehouse, explains: “One of the bids is for a stand-alone CVA and there are a number of hurdles which need to be overcome. Our view is that it is challenging, but it is not impossible. The purchaser who is talking to us about a stand-alone CVA has demonstrated to us that they have got a mechanism where Craig Whyte’s shares are not an issue.”
Ah, the illusive mechanism! So Craig Whyte is irrelevant again.
We are three months into the process, Craig Whyte is no more irrelevant today than he was on 14 February, he remains the Only Show in Town. Once he stops being the main event, HMRC take top billing. After them, the players will have their 15 minutes of ‘action’. Then you will hear more of the story. If there is anything left after all this, the SPL and SFA will have their say.
Prior to appointing Bill Miller preferred bidder Duff and Phelps explained why a stand-along CVA was no longer possible. No amount of creative thinking will change this fact. The season ends on Sunday, Rangers last chance to pull a deal together passed on Monday, when Duff and Phelps were unable to present a proposal to the SPL.
Even IF a phoenix is assembled for next season, or the season after that, it will be a humbled shell of what was once Rangers.
Rangers Football Club is disintegrating and will do so at an increasing rate in the weeks ahead. Again, cease and desist with the adolescent hysteria. Chill. Go for a walk in the rain and spare a thought for those football fans with genuine worries.
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