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. JinkyvJohnGreig-saysitall on

    Like others on here, I’ve put a couple of cheeky bets on Arbroath to win and the draw. Thanks to whoever suggested setting up a skybet account – £10 free bet on the draw at 6-1. I’m not so brave and not really a gambler so only put £5 on the win at 14-1.



    I initially suggested to a hun in my work that they’d be after the draw to get the replay cash from 15,000 huns at home which he said was nonsense as it would be covered by the season ticket and would end up costing them money as they make zero from food sales and would have to cover the cost of stewarding. 5 minutes later he sheepishly came back and said that he had forgotten, it’s League Cup games that are in the season ticket. This has got draw written all over it, I tell ye!

  2. Re. Paul’s article from yesterday.



    In another exclusive interview Nikica Jelavic says: “Rangers are in terrible financial situation. It’s my transfer that may help them to survive.”



    I wonder how many days your madia need for digging it out.


    Something tells me it’s very interesting interview :-)

  3. CaltonTongues says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:25



    (PR) Good Ghuy



    hamiltontim is already waivering by the looks of it……….and then there were two.



    have to say I agree with your take on the tackle, ferocious by both.

  4. I have to say I too think it was a full blooded 50-50 that Kayal came off worse from. Thought it at the time and after reviewing it several times I still think that!



    Although McCulloch should not have been on the pitch to be involved in the 50-50 in the first place.

  5. The rules regarding appeals against red cards should be amended such that an unsuccessful appeal carries an automatic additional number of games ban (the number depending on the extent to which the appeal is without merit) on top of any other ban.

  6. Joe Filippis Haircut says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:26



    I think that is a very good point. Be as well watching the wrestling.

  7. If a new look huns are allowed back into the SPL I will not be spending one more penny on a corrupt sport!

  8. bournesouprecipe says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:29



    i didnt assume that for a minute



    hail hail!

  9. Kit,



    thanks bud.



    enjoy your weekend. as opposed to poor Grant who disnae git much enjoyment in life, ken chick.






    kitalba says:


    6 January, 2012 at 12:21


    Saint Stivis:



    Is this what you were looking for?



    The Crying Hun





  10. RogueLeader says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:33


    I have to say I too think it was a full blooded 50-50 that Kayal came off worse from. Thought it at the time and after reviewing it several times I still think that!



    Although McCulloch should not have been on the pitch to be involved in the 50-50 in the first place.






    Kayals foot was on the top of the ball, the thugs foot was so high off the ground there was no attempt for the ball IMO! He knew exactly what he was doing, as did Healy and Lafferty.

  11. squire danaher on

    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:22



    My electoral procedures even worse than the maths ha – cheers

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    The Idiot. Fella the wrestling would be more principiled than Scottish football you are indeed right.H.H.

  13. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    All you 50-50 bhoys,


    Zybzseks description of the tackle was the best I’ve read. Perhaps he could post it again. Zybzsek being the resident of a country where cluggers aren’t worshipped.

  14. Allyhuntersgloves on

    Tenmen, firstly I dont believe Jim said that quote for one moment, the Daily Mail? your having a laugh………….had they sold out of records?



    I don’t think for a moment Peterhead will sit back and let us win, all they will have is the conditions and getting in about us. If you were Peterhead, what would your tactics be?



    I’m simply making the point that Jim is one of us.


    GREENJEDI 1427



    Glad you got my earlier c&p,can I suggest you check my post at 1254 in reply to ST. JOHN DOYLE?



    We should all be banging this drum,if you know what I mean!





    Tell him,next time he’s in Worcs,to come to SUNNY SWINDON!



    He’ll appreciate his pals a wee bit more then.



    Hamilton too,btw…..

  17. Che



    No wavering here still maintain it was a fair challenge.



    But if it means leavin CT on his tod then it was a shocker of a tackle :-)



    PR – great ghuy

  18. It’s sickening that the thug McCulloch was allowed to play against us. So much for the SFA’s fast-track procedure.



    If Collum was refereeing in Europe he knows he would have to give a red card for such a dangerous challenge.



    This epitomises everything that is wrong with Scottish football: “wholehearted” (i.e. extremely dangerous) challenges are allowed, especially when committed by a Dignity FC player.



    Compare the fairly harmless challenge for which Collum red-carded James Forrest against Hamilton.


    And Elbows did not even get a yellow!



    It’s disappointing that our manager, who should know better, is so conciliatory. They will not return the favour, Lenny.

  19. Rougeleader



    The debate on that tackle, could go on and on.



    It won’t change the fact that McCulloch is disadvantaged by his reputation for previous.



    Izzaguirre slots in at full back and Ledley returns to midfield.

  20. Paul67 says:


    6 January, 2012 at 13:37



    ‘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.’





    Is the relevant provision not Article 14 of the SPL’s Articles of Association which requires a Qualified Resolution ie a 90% vote at a General Meeting to give the Board authority to iniate the process for the transfer of a club’s membership?



  21. The Honest Mistake @ 14.41,


    Well said about worshipping cluggers.


    For example, when I saw Healy`s challenge on James Forrest, I thought, how physical do we want our league to be?

  22. greenjedi – either way he shouldn’t have been on the park to make the challenge! But go look at the still I linked…..

  23. celtic40me



    He flew in the same as elbows and is now out 4 months. How long was he out last season with injury?



    Stupid? Maybe you should have a wee think before having a go… ;)

  24. Som mes que un club says:


    6 January, 2012 at 14:23


    Bangura’s agent has been advised to find his player another club during this transfer window – sale preferred, loan acceptable #Celtic



    Retweeted by Phil MacGiollaBhain





    So maybe Bangura wasn’t actully injured as first reported?


    Or maybe he’s being allowed to leave as Rass is now back from his loan??


    He might even get a run out in the cup game???



    Questions, questions, questions…





    /Bishop B

  25. ibleedgreenandwhite – I am saying it is a fair challenge. Just putting that pic out there for people to decide. There are other pics were it shows McCulloch follow through but for me that is the best still as it is the moment of ball impact and is the moment the injury occured.



    By the way for the absence of any doubt, I hate defending clugger but the hordes are already giving him credit for “doing” Kayal. I don’t think he did anything of the sort…..

  26. Paul67



    Back in October 2010 after the dougiegate thing I predicted that court cases were on the horizon.



    I think the time has come for a few small shareholders to get together, with the intent to sue the SFA/SPL should any newco be admited straight back into the SPL.



    I also think they should look to sue the same bodies for loss on income due to the fraud that has been commited by one of their member clubs.

  27. 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

    re-Elbows the thug!



    How can we know his true intent as he entered the challenge, if good celtic men cannot agree if it was the actions of a thug or a genuine attempt at a 50-50?



    Has this not been debated to death, already?



    I wish Beram a speedy recovery and would like to thank Lenny and, ermm, PL that we have a strong midfield!




  28. Ten Men Won The League on




    Tenmen, firstly I dont believe Jim said that quote for one moment, the Daily Mail? your having a laugh………….had they sold out of records?



    I’m afraid he did say that. Otherwise i’m sure he would have been seeking an apology in the aforementioned paper the next day?



    The article was discussed by a few of us on the day in question, Wednesday morning i think it was



    More than myself thought he should be up on an SFA charge for his comments. They were pretty distasteful

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