Not the end of the world if Rangers don’t survive! Too true


I caught an online synopsis of Rangers’ owner Craig Whyte’s recent meeting with a group of the club’s fans last night.  The group report that Whyte hopes, “’Rangers Football Club Plc’ could survive any administration event but feels it would not be the end of the world if it didn’t.”

We can all agree, it sure wouldn’t be the end of the world if that particular entity didn’t survive, although I suspect Mr Whyte is alluding to the possibility of a new club emerging.  Celtic Quick News first raised the liquidation scenario back in October and explained a prepack route for Rangers Newco FC.  If a football company goes into liquidation a secured creditor, in Rangers case this would be Craig Whyte, can retain control of key assets, such as the stadium, but would not own a football club which was part of any league structure.

In Scotland any Newco FC would have to apply for membership of the Scottish Premier League or Scottish Football League.  A simple majority of the SPL board (three votes required) would be enough to vote a club into the SPL.  The board currently has representatives from Celtic, Dundee United, Motherwell and St Johnstone, as well as SPL chief exec, Neil Doncaster.  It is chaired by Ralph Topping, who only votes in the event of a stalemate.

If Rangers lose their tribunal against Her Majesty’s tax authorities (think of her underequipped soldiers), Celtic will not be the only club who will consider the commercial and competitive disadvantage they suffered while paying their taxes for the last 12 years, but they may be one of the few clubs that would survive without the sponsorship and TV income dependent on a club with the Rangers brand participating in the league.  Celtic would vote against allowing Rangers into the league but I can see zero chance of Dundee United, St Johnstone, Motherwell or Neil Doncaster doing the same.  If the board voted Newco FC into the league, the liquidation of Rangers would not be the end of the world; a football club would die but another could quickly emerge at the same location, selling tickets to the same people.

Opening positions on what sporting cost Newco FC should face for league entry were taken months ago when it was reported that Rangers would fight “tooth and nail” against a 25 point penalty on a Newco.  A 25 point penalty on the phoenix of a failed club after 12 seasons of financial benefit would be an insufferable insult.  This amounts to little more than a the loss of a single league title.  12 seasons of benefit should result in a 12 seasons of penury at the insolvency-event rate of 10 points per season.  Small cost for the enormous gift of a league place and a huge football franchise.  The SPL must also strike from the record any financially doped titles won by clubs still in existence or not.

Can you imagine if Peter Lawwell said, “It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Celtic PLC didn’t survive”!  There would be an impromptu media village outside Celtic Park that would rival the Obama inauguration in size.  Huge story sitting on a plate just waiting to be written up.  Or not.

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    Che says:



    6 January, 2012 at 12:56



    James Forrest



    as usual very informative,


    theres a guy on my facebook same monicker as you, obviosly different people as the other ones nuts…….



    anyways IF newco did in fact come into play….just supposing like, deep breaths now before you start leathering the keyboard…


    what would the media call the relationship (which we detest with a passion) between Celtic and thems?


    Old Firm has gone


    New Firm is taken



    Mmm theres one to tax (sorry) the oul grey matter





    If Celtic were even THOUGHT to have been in any way complicit in this,then I vote for….





  2. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:08


    ernie lynch,



    If the Newco is applying for membership it can only be because the current huns don’t exist anymore so that there is a vacancy.



    It would be 90% of 11 then – so we would need to find one other club to vote against.






    As I said earlier this is my opinion on the position perhaps this is why we might want to cultivate friends ie Hibs who are in danger of relegation by loaning them players for the rest of the season.


    Any club facing relegation would not vote for Newco without being compensated and the winner of Div.1 would take legal action as a change of rules would be required to stop them coming up, they to would have to be finacially compensated and none of the authorities are in a position to compensate 1 club never mind 2.

  3. philvisreturns



    George Galloway was ALWAYS a tim.



    Lorraine Kelly is an Arab well she did sit on my knee in the Jock Stein lounge the day Skippy scored a hat trick against them wearing a Dundee Utd. scarf and a LBD. I resisted her charms and invitation so that I could meet some CQNers down at BB´s. She cried but what can you do ?



    Hail Hail

  4. James Forrest is Lennon on

    I am absolutely raging at that news about Beram.



    Che, that madman you were talking about on Facebook earlier, the one with the name which is similar to mine … ? I think he might go off on one later regarding that piece of news. I believe he had a good old rant at the time of the tackle …



    No more of this talk about Nice Guy Ally. He is a scumbug, who has put together a team of hammer throwing thugs, one of whom has badly injured one of our players.



    I am not talking about it anymore, on here. I feel the need to vent and that usually involves rather colourful language!

  5. bobbycfc



    “I hope I am wrong but I just have this nasty feeling, whether we admit it or not, that Celtic need a Rangers for Celtic to prosper.”



    Celtic need competition in order to thrive. Other Scottish clubs also need a competitive and more lucrative environment in order to improve. Dunfermline are gaining no crowd advantage by being whiping boys in the SPL as against winning the first division



    These issues can be resolved if clubs are allowed to form leagues and associations which suit their needs, rather than be hampered by being restricted to national boundaries. FIFA, UEFA and SFA defend the status quo because International Football provides them with perks; they do not want major popular clubs to thrive. Therefore, football has developed over the last 30 years to make Wigan, Getafe, Chievo, Mainz and Lille more attractive to play for than Celtic, Anderlecht, Ajax, Ferencvaros, Benfica, Legia, Rapid, Sparta Prague and Olympiakos who all have more loyal and larger fan bases.



    It does not need to be Rangers that provide Celtic with competition. I would prefer we had more honourable opponents to play against.



    Soon it will be a moot point. No-one can save Rangers now. Jack Irvine is being paid for nothing.





    Do they have SPELLCHECK to help them spell thesaurus?

  7. We should pursue rangers for allowing Elbows to play when appeal had no chance of succeeding.



    CELTIC have been dealt a further injury blow with the news that Beram Kayal will require surgery to his right ankle that could possibly see him out of action for at least four months.



    The Israeli internationalist was injured during the recent 1-0 derby victory and was initially ruled out for four weeks.



    Following a second set of scans recommended by the specialist one week post-investigation, it has been confirmed that Beram will require surgery.



    This will be performed in London on Monday and, depending on the outcome of this procedure, the player could be out of action for at least four months.



    There will be a further update following the surgery next week

  8. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:08



    The application is made by the administrator/liquidator to transfer membership of the defunct company’s registration to another club, so I think you’re right that it’s logical to assume that the huns would no longer be included in the number eligible to vote.



    So 10 clubs would have to support the move.



    In theory therefore Celtic could be opposed but be overruled though that would mean the bottom club in effect voting in favour of their own relegation.

  9. James Forrest is Lennon – I feel the need to vent and that usually involves rather colourful language!



    Red and yellow and pink and green


    Purple and orange and blue


    I can sing a rainbow,


    sing a rainbow,


    sing a rainbow too.




  10. ‘Celtic need a Rangers for Celtic to prosper’




    We need sporting integrity more than we need the huns.



    Any move that lets a newco huns straight into the SPL will kill professional football in Scotland.

  11. Paul67



    You are to predictable with your N A. 12.30 12.30 12.30?? You need to vary it a bit more.

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    AsonofDan. I dont think we can pursue Rangers for Kayals injury all they did is exploit a bad rule on appeals.I think it is clear the rule requires to be looked at before others suffer the same fate as Kayal.H.H.

  13. Lorraine Kelly regularly espouses the view that closure of RC schools would reduce sectarianism.



    Burnside Harpp and Awe Naw can fantasise about her all they like but I would not want her near a Celtic publication.



    Now I wonder what Candice Bergen’s views are on the Hoops??

  14. philvisreturns says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:23



    I quite like the Sky weather girl Nazaneen Ghaffar. I´d take her to BB´s with me as long as the wife wasn´t told about it and all sharp and heavy objects were removed from my dwelling place



    HAil Hail

  15. Regarding that meeting between Whye and the hun supporters.



    Bear in mind that the RTC blog says that the Share Purchase Agreement between Murray and Whyte stipulates that MIH have control of the FTT case, Whyte has no input and no say in how it’s run.



    So all Whyte’s pronouncements on the issue are those of an onlooker not a protagonist.



    In short, they’re just so much spiel.

  16. BlantyreKev - Hail Hail to the Kano Foundation on

    Letter to Dundee United, St Johnstone, Motherwell and Neil Doncaster. Feel free to copy and paste.



    Dear Sirs



    It has come to my attention that a vote of the SPL Board will be required should a secured creditor of a liquidated Club apply for a phoenix of that Club to be allowed membership of the SPL, and that as a current Board member you would be required to vote.



    I will be quite frank with you, that eventuality is now very likely, with Rangers the Club (sic) in question.



    Be quite clear, a vote that allows that to happen, regardless of pursuant penalty, will be met with non attendance at your stadium indefinitely by the vast majority of Celtic support, having at least the same effect of the errant Club’s extinction. I felt it important to point that out now in advance of the likely scenario playing out.



    In any respect I trust you will not have an eye only on finance and vote yourself into a position of eternal also rans with no sporting integrity or ambition but fell this additional information may be useful to you.



    Kind Regards




    For and on behalf of 9 million worldwide Celts.

  17. Ten Men Won The League on

    Dear God,



    Please ensure that when Elbows returns from suspension on the 21st January, that he suffers a season ending injury at the hands of an Aberdeen player



    Kind regards




  18. philvis – “Here are the test results: You are a horrible person. I’m serious, that’s what it says: “A horrible person.” We weren’t even testing for that.”



    Oh I could keep this up for hours! Could you?

  19. Sickened by the news of Beram.



    Awe Naw, no surprise.



    TTTT, not quite.



    Che, he just v quick on the keys.



    Árd Macha, cheers.



    St Martin’s Bhoy, Happy New Year to you too. I think the manager would decide any endorsement of a boycott.



    Ten Men Won The League, perhaps but that would be a problem for the future. The club’s bankers may (would) present a more immediate challenge.



    St.John.Doyle, apparently on these matters, the SPL board can vote without reference to the wider league or anyone else. Celtic’s strategy must be to vote against Rangers reinstatement.



    Honest Mistake, indeed.



    bobbycfc, agree that we need strong competition to prosper but I’ve discussed the matter of Rangers for some months in private and can assure you there will be no support from Celtic Park for their reinstatement.



    Gordon_J, I initially wrote that it was a vote of all members but have subsequently discovered that this in incorrect, the board alone decide. I’ve had this confirmed.



    ItaliaBhoy, cheers.



    philvisreturns, yes, the moral hazard would be destroyed.



    Ceaser67, aye, predictably late by 30 mins each day…… Back on form soon.

  20. setting free the bears says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:30



    Forget Candice Bergen, here a girl who’s shown her love of the hoops in the past who I’d love to get up close and personal with.








    /Bishop B

  21. Paul67



    Gordon_J, I initially wrote that it was a vote of all members but have subsequently discovered that this in incorrect, the board alone decide. I’ve had this confirmed.



    That bit of news is the death knell of Scottish football as we know it.



    Tis a sad day.

  22. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on

    Perfectly pitched article, Paul.



    I fear the Newco Fc parachute scenario is already set in place. all we can hope for is appropriate points penalties along the lines you suggest.



    James Forrest – feeling benevolent this weather, James? What you describe is a utopian concept of fairness and justice which many would applaud and accept as due penalty for gross misappropriation of influence, power and creative accounting.



    However, this is Scotland.

  23. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo – I feel your pain.



    My wife is a ginger and I have the bruises to prove it. (thumbsup)




    SonsOfErin – Ah, GLaDOS.



    She truly is the master of deception, just like Mother. (thumbsup)

  24. South Of Tunis on

    Ciao ———-



    Happy Befana from way down south —– very wet , very windy .



    Scottish Cup weekend memory .



    January 1967. Go to Celtic 4 Arbroath 0. Amazed /delighted at Berwick Rangers 1 -Huns 0.



    Have 6pm appointment with ” the man ” in the State Bar. As always , he is late —– eventually he phones the bar — bartender shouts ” is there a —- —- in the bar ? ” -yup –speak to ” the man ” and he tells me he can’t come to The State Bar but if we want to see him he will be in The Black Bull in Milngavie at 8 pm —



    Cue consternation , cue discussion with my mate – re whether we want to go all the way to Milngavie and put ourselves at risk by setting foot in a notorious /dangerous Hun boozer .-We decided to go —–



    Cue walk to Buchanan St bus station -cue Blue Bus to Milngavie Cross. Cue my mate and I arriving at /entering the Black Bull —— cue silence and stares from those in the bar . Our wannabe Moby Grape style groovers appearance does not meet with the approval of the assembled Bears —– One real big monster of a Barathea Blazer wearing Bobby Shearer look a like really gives my mate and I the evil eye.We find a corner to skulk in . We try real hard not to make any eye contact with anyone. We wait for ” the man ” to arrive . He is ,of course ,late. The big Bobby Shearer lookalike continues to give us the evil eye and then suddenly lurched towards us shouting —“-Who are you 2 and what have you got smile about on the day the Gers got beat by Berwick ” Cue fight —– cue my mate and I dealing with him and being chased out of the bar and down the street by a mob of raging Milngavie Huns .



    We never managed to meet up with ” the man ”



    Berwick Rangers 1 —– Glasgow Rangers 0 .



    Remember it well —way down south.

  25. Hollywood legend Candice Bergen explains that her loathing for Glasgow Celtic dates back to her school days.


    Candice Bergen is a very happy woman.



    The Hollywood legend has spent the last four decades won awards for her acting




    My prejudice against Celtic has been lifelong


    Candice Bergen


    But even that cannot compare to Rangers beating Glasgow Celtic.


    The latest victory at Ibrox was their fourth in a row against their fierce rivals and Bergen is certainly losing no sleep over Celtic’s recent slump.



    She told Five Live’s Nicky Campbell: “At the first school I went to, there were about 80 boys.



    “Seventy eight of them supported Celtic, I supported Rangers and there was one boy who wasn’t interested in football.



    “So my prejudice against Celtic has been lifelong.”






    The 3-1 win at Ibrox on Sunday took Rangers to second place in the SPL, four points clear of Tony Mowbary team.



    But for Bergen, simply beating Celtic is everything.



    “The results of the last four times we’ve played them has given me almost more joy than anything since the birth of my children,” she stated.



    But she is not getting carried away with Celtic’s apparent demise, after recalling her side finding themselves in a similar situation some years ago.




    Could Rangers be returning to the glory days?


    “There was a wonderful season when Rangers were lying 2nd or 3rd around that stage of the campaign,” she explained.



    “Then they started a long march up the table and ended up as champions again.



    “So while both Rangers and Hearts are looking good, it’s a little too early to write Glasgow Celtic off.”



    You can almost hear the words sticking in her throat.

  26. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on

    Great atricle, Paul!



    ernie lynch says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:26



    ‘Celtic need a Rangers for Celtic to prosper’



    We need sporting integrity more than we need the huns.



    Any move that lets a newco huns straight into the SPL will kill professional football in Scotland.





    Ernie, I didn’t realise it was still breathing!



    With cognisance of the general malaise in this (scottish) society and the unqualified, unstinting and ongoing support of the cheating huns by the establishment of this great wee country,



    can anyone explain to me why the huns would not be allowed back into the SPL with the bare minimum 10 point deduction?



    Dont forget, this is scotland, the land who introduced new legislation to criminalise celtic supporters after the huns disgraced themselves in a football match against the club these same fans support!



    The new huns will only receive the absolute minimum penalty that can be enforced. If they need to, and they probably will, the authorities will re-write the rulebook to make sure that no other club will be allowed to benefit from the favourable treatment that the huns will receive!



    It’s in their DNA!



    Dont shoot the messenger CFC!

  27. True story: I once did a pee next to Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene in Rico’s on a school night.

  28. Much as I admire Neil Lennon his comments about the tackle on Beram “warriors going for the ball” and he will be fine just rapped his ankle were misguided and hasty, now he is out for 4 months going by reports and I hope he learns from this.

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