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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  1. ItaliaBhoy says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:33




    well done -from all the zillions of bytes on this topic -that is the most succinct



    I hope the lads at CP are on that very line of thought







  2. fergus slayed the blues on



    7 January, 2012 at 11:25


    I saw this last night ,Is it for real .


    Even I can’t believe that CW would have the stones to take the fans money up front and then shaft them .


    this added to the sale of strips at half price at the busiest sale time of the year (christmas )would any ragers fan go for the ST request .


    Another thing though that seems to be getting missed regards a newco .If it did occur ,what would happen to the 6m ragers are due to pay back to the ST/debenture holders at Ibrokes ,I think it’s due to be paid in 2014/2015.


    Are they going to have to whistle for it ,I think a lot of ragers supporters would not care less if the taxman got nothing but surely even they would have something to say if their fellow fellow fans were given the same treatment


    hail hail

  3. northbhoy ... \o/ on

    Mornin CQNrs



    Looking forward to the game at Peterhead, good luck to Jim McInally and the local team, but Celtic will romp this once we score.



    You might not want to know this but ranker pr team are working hard, McGregor is apparently coming up on Soccer AM talking about his team mates, pity he is not talking about himself !!!








    Ah,sod them. If they’ve got more money than sense,then CW truly has picked his target well.



    And some pockets too,by the sound of it.



    Off to the boozer.

  5. \o/ Hugo Z Hackenbush \o/ on

    As we seem to be in, or approaching, the end game in the FTT(T), the SPL cubs must be considering what their position will be when faced with an application from New Ragers FC to replace their corrupt, destitute predecessor.



    As has been discussed previously, both here and on other blogs such as RTC, there is a distinct possibility that New Ragers could be admitted without penalty and business as usual will be allowed to happen, due to the financial interests of the clubs involved and possible loss of TV revenue if there was no Celtic/Ragers game (damn, I just can’t get that “n” to word on my keyboard).



    I feel strongly that Scottish Football will have provided conclusive evidence that it is morally bankrupt if this is allowed to happen, but what concerns me most is that Celtic PLC wil not vote against this outcome – if they do, I won’t be back and I’m sure there are many who feel as I do. We need to let them know how we feel – 10,000 lost season tickets equates to £5-6m in annual turnover – Celtic MUST oppose any application that does not carry a significant penalty.

  6. hamiltontim says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:33


    SSN reporting that they’ve rejected bid for Edu.



    I wonder if CW is aware of this!!





    that will be the opening bid and now everyone knows there is bidding -job done by SSN ;-)







  7. kitalba says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:34




    That’s wishful thinking, it’s not going to happen.



    We have to be realistic, it’s too important to make fanciful demands.



    A newco huns should not be allowed straight into the SPL. Celtic could ensure that outcome if they commit themselves to it.

  8. Saltires



    Apparently fplg found the offer of hawf a crown and an apple derisory.



    He wanted 2 apples.

  9. ernie lynch:



    I know but if this all ends in another ‘Edinburgh Jury’ verdict, then I believe it will be the end of football in Scotland for a lot more than just Celtic Supporters. Whether they wish to acknowledge it or not, the world is watching.

  10. *THE KING VIC 67* on

    SOCCER A.M, Allan the beast McGregor about to tell us all about his team mates??



    We know Allan, They are horrible cheating sons of satan – save your breath!!!



    Sky 1

  11. Apparently the hold up with the Sandanza move to Snake Mountain is down to a technical hitch, it is not financial,


    The rankers scouts have advised sally that Sandazas technical abilities do not stretch to falling over at the slightest suggestion of a tackle, or a gust of wind


    Sally has spoken to the player and agent and advised this has to be rectified or the move is off.



  12. Mountain_Bhoy is Neil Lennon on

    bournesouprecipe says:


    6 January, 2012 at 19:05



    If the Aberdeen board vote in favour of Hunsnewco then I can assure you there will be a Aberdeennewco as well ;)

  13. *THE KING VIC 67* on




    Question – Who is the hardest in the team?



    Quote Allan McGregor ” Jig(elbows McCulloch), He likes a hard tackle, and is partial to a wee FOLLY THROUGH”

  14. PF










    They provide so much ‘material’, it’d be a shame not to get stuck in….




  15. What’s going to be left to discuss on here if the huns go out of business ?


    Your preferences for bottles of Rioja and the weather in north or south Lanarkshire will probably keep it going in discussion material for a wee while

  16. northbhoy ... \o/ on

    What a lovley little club Rankers are according to B McGregor’s presentation on Soccer AM not worthe the eyeball time.



    Wot about the little comment at the end of the piece from Blondie (Helen Chambelain)


    “Good luck to the Darlington fans in trying to save their club !!!! Now how brave was that.

  17. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:11





    I think this situation is totaaly unique, that is why if a NewCo wanted special treatment the SPL clubs could impose strict conditions for the benefit. They would also have to re-write the rules as what would stop other clubs outwith the SPL saying well we think our club should go straight into thr SPL and just apply if they were refused they could challenge it.



    One part of head says the establishment will do all it can to help NewCo RFC into the most helpful position possible, another part of thinks this will be far too complicated to deal with in a short period of a few months, combined with howls from Dundee and Airdrie Utd. threats of legal action from the team bottom of the SPL as well as the team top of Div. 1.



    The most ethical way would be any NewCo to start in the Div.3 and the dodgy titles and cups won by RFC to be re-allocated.

  18. If the Huns remaining an SPL club was ever to be voted on I can guess how it would go.



    There are no football clubs left, only businesses who happen to play football.

  19. Sandaza has signed a pre-contract with rangers? I thought you couldn’t talk to teams in your domestic league until the end of your contract?



    Or has Steve Lomas released his top goalscorer on a free?

  20. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Anyone know if the English FA cup games are on the tv today – thanks in advance.



    Don’t fancy the SC offerings this afternoon.




  21. Gordon_J



    The whole thing is a farce.



    The Transfer of share rules/articles were, IMO, never written to allow a liquidated and reborn Newco to be afforded the share of the OldHunCo in order to accommodate the Newco within the SPL. The rules/articles were written, IMO (again), to allow the SPL to convene a General Meeting, were remaining existing members (excluding member being liquidated) passing a Qualified Resolution to transfer the liquidated members share to a new member who would be the team who currently holds 2nd place in the first division, assuming that team qualifies as per SPL rules on stadia etc.



    If the Newco is going to be afforded a position in the SPL in place of the OldHunCo it is due to the wording of the SPL articles being ambiguous creating a loophole. Since the rules would be being manipulated to use the loophole then surely the rules/loophole can be manipulated to, not punish the Newco, but place criteria on their entry to the SPL that they must adhere to in order to be allowed to use the loophole. Otherwise the General Meeting of SPL members will pass a Qualified Resolution to transfer the OldHunCo share to the rightful new member being promoted from the first division.



    MWD hoped that makes sense.

  22. Pfayr



    When I was still drinking, one of my locals (I had a few – hence why I no longer partake) was the Tillietudlem in Crossford, well known Hun pub. On Mothers day few years ago after taking my Mum for dinner to the pre-Ferguson owned Popinjay, My brother dropped me off at the Tillietudlem for a few pints. Wee Barry, elbows and his brother were in drinking, Iunderstand a few more turned up later. However the point of this is there was some words said – I can assure you Elbows is no hard man, in fact he shat it when someone stood up to him fr giving a young barmaid a hard time, I can also assure you and a few can vouch for it on here, I am certainly no hard man. ;-) his brother has a big mouth but not much more, and wee Barry is just a wee ned, wae nice weans.







  23. fergus slayed the blues on

    The Honest Cover-up says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:52


    What is this £6m Rangers are due to pay to debenture holders?





    Apparentley when they built the club deck at Ibrokes the money was raised by a debencher scheme


    were existing ST holders paid a fee to secure their seat for 25yr (I think)and get ttheir name on the back of the seat .



    At the time I thought it strange that any ST holder would pay a fee to secure a seat that he/she would more than likely have (unless they gave it up)for as long as the paid their ST money .


    Well it seems it was a sort of loan which would be paid back by ragers at a future date ,now back then 6m would not really present a problem when they were spending 12m on one player but NOW a 6m demand presents a lot more trouble for the ragers



    On the surface it seems like another one of Minty’s use other peepils money but let everyone think it’s your own schemes


    hail hail

  24. Mullet and Co says:


    7 January, 2012 at 11:21


    Another tactic we should employ is to get a business case together for Newco 2 applying to get access to the SPL at the same time as RFC Newco. Of course we would need to come up with a business plan for a club that represented a gap in the market for a large fan base and have a stadium to play in.


    Unlikely that an alternative could be put forward given that the ‘gap’ is represented by sectarian fans with a stadium that will most probably be owned by the MBB. I am sure there are more powerful rangers men out there who would be willing to put forward a counter to an MBB led newco?








    Could Celtic not come up with a tactic of making an application for a NewCo Celtic Reserves, where we could apply to have a team of our reserves apply for a new licence to be granted to our club to do what has been discussed previously that we create a team for a younger players to get valuable experience in the lower divisions.



    This could be a perfect oppurtunity for our club to advance our young team and blood them to establish if they can make the grade in our first team.

  25. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. says:


    7 January, 2012 at 12:06



    I disagree.



    It looks to me like the articles were drafted specifically to deal with this type of scenario.



    I can’t think of any other set of circumstances where they could come into play.

  26. ST V will announce that THEMS going ‘fut’ is like the Chairman signing 11 ‘first pick’ new players. Seriously. This will be a positive news piece. The ‘production’ will also carry glowing testimonials, from Graham, ‘The set abooot ye guy’ Big Sam and Lulu’s boy – (such is the wide reaching appeal of the ranjurs, of course.)

  27. What a great weekend EFA Cup 3rd Round. A massive weekend of lazy journalism.


    Copy, ” a team of joiners, tilers, plumbers and bankers.”


    “Plucky display by the minnows”


    “David v Goliath”


    ” the quagmire of a pitch is a great leveller”


    “The bigshots of the EPL will never have changed in these conditions”


    “Who would have thought the lowly Arbroath would beat the mighty Rangers” :):):):):):):):):):):)